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per “Boys’ Own Book” (1881). A game similar to Nineholes, but without the holes. A ball is thrown up, and a player named. If that player cannot catch it before it bounces twice, he must plug another player or lose a point.
Boys’ Own Book: A Complete Encyclopedia of Athletic, Scientific, Outdoor and Indoor Sports (James Miller, Pub’r, New York, 1881), page 14.
Is it possible that "catch-ball" is another name for dodgeball? As I recall, when a player can catch a enemy throw in the air, the player is not out, and the thrower is ouit innstead.
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