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English Novel Cites Base-ball as Girls' Pastime, Limns Cricket Match

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Famous, Females, Fiction
City/State/Country: England
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Juvenile
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[A] "Better than playing with her doll, better even than base-ball, or sliding or romping, does she like to creep of an evening to her father's knee."

[B]Bateman states that Our Village, which was initially serialised in The Lady's Magazine between 1824 and 1832, contains the first comprehensive prose description of a cricket match." See

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[A] Mitford, Mary Russell, Our Village [London, R. Gilbert], per David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It, page 191.  Block notes that this novel was published in New York in 1828, and Tom Altherr [email of April 2, 2009] adds that there were Philadelphia editions in 1835 and 1841.

[B] Bateman, Anthony,"'More Mighty than the Bat, the Pen . . . ;' Culture,, Hegemony, and the Literaturisaton of Cricket," Sport in History, v. 23, 1 (Summer 2003), page 34.

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Note: It would be good to confirm when the baseball and cricket references were first published, given the conflicting data on serialization and book publication.

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