Block:English Baseball in Essex on June 2 1909

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“Base ball” was one of the games chosen by some of the many holiday makers from the Hackney district of London who streamed to the sylvan settings of Epping Forest in Essex to celebrate the Whitsuntide bank holiday. A newspaper reported that “tennis, bowls, cricket and base ball were the favourite pastimes in the parks.”


Hackney and Kingsland Gazette, June 2, 1909,, p. 3

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This may seem a trifle late for English baseball, but this report is very similar to one about a Whitsuntide celebration in Epping Forest, published on May 18, 1880, and it may be that the traditional form of the game was part of the customary observation of the holiday.

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