Clipping:Reporting juvenile games

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Date Saturday, June 6, 1857
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Our correspondent states that the open lots in the suburbs of [Philadelphia] are almost continually thronged with lads engaged in playing ball; lads of all ages, from five years upward;  each one must have his bat and ball, and each proclaims himself a cricketer.  Or correspondent further remarks that these youngsters form themselves into sides, and after playing their games, send the scores to the Clipper for publication, in order to see themselves in print.  Our correspondent says these scores should not be published, inasmuch as the players are none members of regularly organized clubs, but merely assume a name for the time being, &c.

No doubt the remarks of our Philadelphia friend are well intended, and meant for our good, and as such we thankfully receive them.  We, however, look upon the sports of our young friends with the most pleasurable emotions, and we consider it our duty to encourage them games by every means in our power, even to the publication of the scores of their play.

Source New York Clipper
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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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