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Boston-Style "Bat and Ball" Seen in Honolulu HI

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Females, Pre-modern Rules
City/State/Country: Honolulu, HI, United States
Game Bat and Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Youth

"Sports in Honolulu. One evidence of the increasing civilization in this place, and not the least gratifying, is to see the ardor with which the native youth of both sexes engage in the same old games which used to warm our blood not long since. There's good old bat and ball, just the same as when was ran from the school house to the 'Common' to exercise our skill that way; and then there is something which looks much like 'quorum,' and 'tag' too . . . ."



Polynesian, December 26, 1840. Posted to the 19CBB listserve by George Thompson January 3, 2010. Accessed via subscription search May 4, 2009. George sees the column as likely written by the newspaper's editor, James Jarves, who was born in Boston in 1818.

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