1845c.7

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Former Catcher Recalls Ballgame with Soaking and "Fugleing" in NYS

Salience Peripheral
Tags Pre-modern Rules
Location NY State
City/State/Country: Ticonderoga, NY, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Retrospective
Age of Players Youth
Text

"1845 to 1849 I caught for a village nine in Ticonderoga, NY, upon a diamond shaped field having a boy on each base. The game differed from the present in that we were all umpires and privileged to soak the runner between bases.

"The ball was yarn (with rubber around the centre, large as a small English walnut), covered with fine calf-skin - dressed side out, and therefore smooth and about the size of a Spalding ball. It was a beautiful thing to handle, difficult to knock into pieces, and was thrown from the center - straight and swift to the catcher's hands, wherever they were held; over the head, or between the legs, and was called "fugleing" and barred only by mutual consent."

 

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Letter from Albert H. Pratt to the Mills Commission, August 1905.

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