Difference between revisions of "Baste Ball"

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|Game Eras=Predecessor, 1700s, 1800s
 
|Game Eras=Predecessor, 1700s, 1800s
 
|Invented Game=No
 
|Invented Game=No
|Description=<p>Apparently a variant spelling of base ball. The most famous usage is in a Princeton student&rsquo;s diary entry for 1786 (5 years before the first known use of "base ball" in the US), which reveals only that the game involves catching and hitting. <strong>Note</strong><strong>: </strong>Princeton was known as the College of New Jersey until 1896.</p>
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|Description=<p>Baste, or baste ball, may simply be a variant spelling of base ball. The most famous usage is in a Princeton student&rsquo;s diary entry for 1786 (5 years before the first known use of "base ball" in the US), which reveals only that the game involves catching and hitting. &nbsp;<strong>Note</strong><strong>: </strong>Princeton was known as the College of New Jersey until 1896.</p>
|Sources=<p><span>See Protoball Chronology entry [[1786.1]].</span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span>A second entry, [[1848c.9]], includes baste ball in a list of boyhood games played by future US President Benjamin Harrison.</span></p>
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<p>As of February 2017, Protoball knows of only three uses of the term Baste: the Princeton diary, in an account of President Benjamin Harrison's teen years around 1850, and in Tennessee in 1874. &nbsp;Further examples of other input is welcome.</p>
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<p>A superficial Google search for &lt;baste pastime game&gt; in February 2017 throws no further light on ballplaying forms of baste. &nbsp;A somewhat primitive tagging game for children -- Baste the Bear -- in Europe and England is known, but does not appear to be consistent with US finds reported to Protoball.</p>
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|Sources=<p><span>See Protoball Chronology entry [[1786.1]].</span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span>A second entry, [[1848c.9]], includes baste ball in a list of boyhood games played by future US President Benjamin Harrison. A third entry, [[1874.2]], reports its use in Chattanooga TN.</span></p>
 
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Game Baste Ball
Game Family Baseball Baseball
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Eras Predecessor, 1700s, 1800s
Invented No
Description

Baste, or baste ball, may simply be a variant spelling of base ball. The most famous usage is in a Princeton student’s diary entry for 1786 (5 years before the first known use of "base ball" in the US), which reveals only that the game involves catching and hitting.  Note: Princeton was known as the College of New Jersey until 1896.

As of February 2017, Protoball knows of only three uses of the term Baste: the Princeton diary, in an account of President Benjamin Harrison's teen years around 1850, and in Tennessee in 1874.  Further examples of other input is welcome.

A superficial Google search for <baste pastime game> in February 2017 throws no further light on ballplaying forms of baste.  A somewhat primitive tagging game for children -- Baste the Bear -- in Europe and England is known, but does not appear to be consistent with US finds reported to Protoball.

Sources

See Protoball Chronology entry 1786.1.  A second entry, 1848c.9, includes baste ball in a list of boyhood games played by future US President Benjamin Harrison. A third entry, 1874.2, reports its use in Chattanooga TN.

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