Hat Ball

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A form of Roly Poly (or Roley Poley or Roll Ball) that substitutes hats for holes in the ground. Newell says this game was played among the Pennsylvania Dutch.Brewster says that Hat Ball variants are known in many countries, and include Petjeball [Dutch] and Kappenspiel [German].

Sources

Newell, Games and Songs of American Children. page 183.

Paul G. Brewster, American Nonsinging Games (University of Oklahoma Press, 1953), page 85.

Comment

Edward Eggleston's 1882 novel "The Hoosier School-Boy" (stories of his growing up in southern Indiana c. 1850--he was born in Vevay, IN in 1837) contain a long explanation of "hat-ball." See chapter VII.

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