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In Boston, Olympic Beats Elm Tree, 75-46

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Pre-modern Rules
City/State/Country: Boston, MA, United States
Game Massachusetts Game, Bat and Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

"BAT AND BALL -- The Olympic was challenged by the Elm Tree Club, at a game of ball to be played on the Common, which was accepted and played this morning, on the grounds of the Elm Tree Club.  The game was fixed at 75, and was promptly won by the Olympics, the opposite side getting only 46 tallies.  Each club had 25 rounds."


Boston Traveler, May 31, 1855.


The item title of "Bat and Ball" is interesting.  This term is believed to be the name of a distinct baserunning game in the area in earlier times.  Note also the use of "rounds" instead of "innings."

As of 10/21/2014, this is the only known contemporary ref to the Elm Tree club of Boston.

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Submitted by John Thorn,
Submission Note email of 10/19/2014


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