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Oliver Wendell Holmes Recalls Schoolboy Baseball and Phillips Academy in MA

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Famous
City/State/Country: MA, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Retrospective
Age of Players Youth
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"[At Phillips] Bodily exercise was not, however, entirely superseded by spiritual exercises, and a rudimentary form of base-ball and the heroic sport of foot-ball were followed with some spirit."

 

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 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., "Cinders from the Ashes," The Works of Oliver Wendel Holmes Volume 8 (Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1892), page 251. He went on to recollect visiting the school in 1867, when he "sauntered until we came to a broken field where there was quarrying and digging going on, our old base-ball ground." Ibid, page 255.

 

This essay originally appeared in The Atlantic Monthly Volume 23 (January 1869). page 120.

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Note: see item #1829c.1 below for Holmes' Harvard ballplaying.

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Are we sure we haven't got Holmes pere et fils confused?  OWH Sr (1809-1894), the poet and novelist, attended Andover and Harvard in the 1820s.  OWH Jr (1841-1935) attended Harvard in the 1850s, served in the Civil War and became a justice of the US Supreme Court.--WCH

 

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