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1706.2 Book About a Scotsman Mentions "Cat and Doug" and Other Diversions

Tags:

Fiction

Game:

Cat-and-Dog

Age of Players:

Youth

[Author?] The Scotch rogue; or, The life and actions of Donald MacDonald, a Highland Scot [London], per David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It, page 176. The [apparently fictional] hero recalls; "I was but a sorry proficient in learning: being readier at cat and doug, cappy-hole, riding the burley hacket, playing at kyles and dams, spangboder, wrestling, and foot-ball (and such other sports as we use in our country) than at my book."

Block identifies "cat and doug," or cat and dog, as a Scots two-base version of the game of cat that was most commonly played in Scotland.  It was the likely forbear of the American game of two-old-cat."

Sources:

David Block, Baseball Before Knew It (U Nebraska Press, 2007), page 176.

Comment:

For more on cat-and-dog, see http://protoball.org/Cat-and-Dog.

Year
1706
Item
1706.2
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1841.11 Scottish Dictionary Calls "Cat and Dog" a Game for Three

Game:

Cat-and-Dog

In cat-and-dog, two holes are cut at a distance of thirteen yards. At each hole stands a player with a club, called a "dog." [. . . ] His object is to keep the cat out of the hole. "If the cat be struck, he who strikes it changes places with the person who holds the other club, and as often as the positions are changed one is counted as won in the game by the two who hold the clubs.

 

Sources:

Jamieson, Scotch Dictionary (Edinburgh, 1841). As cited in A.G. Steel and R. H. Lyttelton, Cricket, (Longmans Green, London, 1890) 4th edition, page 4.Detail provided by John Thorn, email of 2/10/2008.

Comment:

Note that this is not described as a team game.  A winner is that player who most frequently puts a ball into a goal.

Query:

Does Jamieson describe other ballgames?

Year
1841
Item
1841.11
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1866.10 Throwback Game of Cat-and-Dog Seen in Pittsburgh

Game:

Cat-and-Dog

Age of Players:

Adult

"Cat and Dog -- An interesting trial of skill at this old time game was played at Pittsburgh Pa., on the 5th inst., between the Athletics, of South Pittsburgh, and the Enterprise of Mt. Washington.  The game was witnessed by a large crowd of ladies and gentlemen.

[The printed box score shows three players on each side, a pitcher-catcher and two fielders.  The result was the Athletics, 180 "measures" and the Enterprise 120 measures.  There is no indication of the use of innings, side-out rule, or fly rule]

[This spare account leaves the impression of a one-time throwback demonstration.]

 

Sources:

New York Clipper, 15 September 1866.

Pittsburgh Commercial, September 6, 1866.

Query:

Protoball would welcome input on how the rules of this game differed, if at all, from other games using "cat" in their names.

Year
1866
Item
1866.10
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