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David Block, December 2008
Digger David Block +
Digger Activity <p><span>David contributed an <p><span>David contributed an article to the spring 2008 issue of </span><em>Base Ball</em><span> on what is recognized as the earliest appearance of the word “base-ball,” the John Newbery’s 1744 </span><em>Little Pretty Pocket-Book.</em><span>  </span><span>David examines some remaining mysteries of this source (which gives us that ringing phrase, “the next destin’d post”) including whether we can claim 1744 as the year “base-ball” first saw print when no editions of the book are available prior to 1760, and whether the absence of a bat in the relevant woodcut means that the bat hadn’t yet joined the game – one can, of course, “bat” a ball with one’s hands, and the text only refers to a ball that is “struck off.”</span></p> at is “struck off.”</span></p>
Digger Activity Date 1 December 2008  +
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