From Protoball
Revision as of 16:34, 6 September 2012 by Dave (talk | contribs) (Add Year Number)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Prominent Milestones

Misc BB Firsts
Add a Misc BB First

About the Chronology
Tom Altherr Dedication

Add a Chronology Entry
Open Queries
Open Numbers
Most Aged

Northampton MA Prohibits Downtown Ballplaying (and Stone-Throwing)

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Bans
Location New England
Game Bat-Ball

"Both the meeting-house and the Court House suffered considerable damage, especially to their windows by ball playing in the streets, consequently in 1791, a by-law was enacted by which 'foot ball, hand ball, bat ball and or any other game of ball was prohibited within ten rods of the Court House easterly or twenty rods of the Meeting House southwesterly, neither shall they throw any stones at or over the said Meeting House on a penalty of 5s, one half to go to the complainant and the rest to the town.'"

J. R. Trumbull, History of Northampton, Volume II (Northampton, 1902), page 529. Contributed by John Bowman, May 9, 2009. Note: It is interesting that neither base-ball nor wicket is named in a town that is not so far from Pittsfield [see 1791.1]. Query: do we have any notion what "bat ball" was?

Comment Edit with form to add a comment
Query Edit with form to add a query


<comments voting="Plus" />