Base (Prisoner's Base)

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Game Base (Prisoner's Base)
Game Family Hook-em-snivy Hook-em-snivy
Regions Britain, US
Eras Predecessor, Pre-1700, 1700s, 1800s
Invented No

Sometimes, a name for base ball. While some references to “base” most likely denote Prisoner’s Base (a team form of tag similar in nature to modern Capture the Flag and today’s Laser Tag), others denote a ball game. David Block reports that the earliest clear appearance of “base” as a ball game is from New England in 1831, and that the source groups base with cricket and cat as young men’s ballgames.


Thomas Altherr, "Base Is Not Always Baseball: Prisoner's Base From the 13th to the 20th Centuries." Base Ball, Volune 3, number 1 (Spring 2009), pp 67-79.

See also 19cBB posting, October 17, 2007.

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