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English Writing Cites Base-ball as Girls'; Pastime, Limns Cricket Match

Salience Noteworthy
Tags English Base Ball, Famous, Females, Fiction
City/State/Country: England
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Juvenile

[A] "Better than playing with her doll, better even than base-ball, or sliding or romping, does she like to creep of an evening to her father's knee."

[B]Bateman states that Our Village, a collection of short stories and vignettes, which was initially serialized in The Lady's Magazine in the late 1820's, contains the first comprehensive prose description of a cricket match." 


[A] Mitford, Mary Russell, Our Village [London, R. Gilbert], per David Block, Baseball before We Knew It, page 191.  Block notes that this was published in New York in 1828, and Tom Altherr [email of April 2, 2009] adds that Philadelphia editions appeared in 1835 and 1841.

[B] Bateman, Anthony,"'More Mighty than the Bat, the Pen . . . ;' Culture,, Hegemony, and the Literaturisaton of Cricket," Sport in History, v. 23, 1 (Summer 2003), page 34.


While this chron entry is dated circa 1824, the installation of sections of Our Village may have begun in 1826.



"Our Village" was published over time in four volumes beginning in 1824. The second volume, published in 1826, includes the short story “The Tenants of Beechgrove” which contains this baseball quote on page 28. A year later, 1827, the story appeared in the Ladies’ Pocket Magazine, Vol. I, page 157.   -- David Block, 9/25/2020

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Submission Note Supplemented by emails form David Block, 9/16 and 9/25/2020


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