1586c.1

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Sydney Cites Stoolball

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Famous, Females
Location England
City/State/Country: England
Game Stoolball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Youth, Adult
Notables Sir Philip Sydney, Lady Mary Dudley
Text

"A time there is for all, my mother often sayes

When she with skirts tuckt very hie, with gyrles at stoolball playes"

 

Sources

Sir Philip Sydney, Arcadia: Sonnets [1622], page 493. Note: citation needs confirmation.

Comment

Sir Philip Sydney (1554-1586) died at age 31 in 1586.

As of October 2012, this early stoolball ref. is the only one I see that can be interpreted as describing baserunning in stoolball - but it still may merely describe running by a fielder, not a batter. (LMc, Oct/2012)

Sydney's mother was the sister of Robert Dudley, noted in item #1500s.2 above as a possible stoolball player in the time of Eliizabeth I.

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