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Bass-ball "Quite Too Complicated" for Children's Book on Games

Salience Peripheral
Tags Chapbooks for Juveniles
Game Cricket, Base Ball, Bat-Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Juvenile

An 1852 book's woodcut on trap-ball "shows a tiny bat that looks more like a Ping Pong paddle and bears the caption 'bat ball'."

As for other games, the book grants that Little Charley "also plays at cricket and bass ball, of which the laws or [sic] quite too complicated for me to describe." 


Little Charley's Games and Sports (Philadelphia, C. G. Henderson, 1852).

From David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It, page 214.


This book reappeared in 1854, 1857, and 1858 as part of a compendium.

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