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1830s.29 PA Schoolboys Recalled as Playing Town Ball and Long Ball

Game:

Town Ball, Long Ball

Age of Players:

Juvenile

"Here we played town ball, corner ball, sow ball and long ball.  Sometimes we would jump, to see how high we could leap; then it was hop, step and jump.  Once in a while we played ring, provided the girls would help, and generally they would..." 

Sources:

Samuel Penniman Bates, Jacob Fraise, Warner Beers, History of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, Containing a History of the County, its Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, Churches, Industries, Etc; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; Biographies; History of Pennsylvania, Statistical and Miscellaneous Matter, etc. (Chicago: Warner, Beers and Company, 1887), page 300.

This observation is attributed to John B. Kaufman, a teacher turned surveyor in Franklin County, PA , reflecting on his childhood spent in a log school house in  "50 odd years ago": Kaufman was born in 1827.  Find confirmed 10/9/2014 via search of <"john b. kaufman" "long ball">

Comment:

Franklin County PA is in south central PA, on the Maryland border.  Its population in 1830 was about 35,000.

Query:

"Sow Ball?"

Decade
1830s
Item
1830s.29
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1831.5 "Cricket, Base, and Long Ball" Played in Worcester MA on Election Day

Tags:

Holidays

Age of Players:

Juvenile

When the Massachusetts Legislature announced that Election Day would be moved from May to January, a protest was lodged in a newspaper, recalling:

". . then amusements were planned; then were hunting matches and fishing parties made; then was the quoit hurled in the air; then were cricket, base, and long-ball played; then were sports of every kind, appropriate to the season, sought after and enjoyed with particular zest."

 

Sources:

'Lection Day, National Aegis (Worcester Massachusetts), June 15, 1831, page 1, as cited in  David Block, Polish Workers Play Ball at Jamestown, Virginia, Base Ball, volume 5, number 2 (Spring 2011), page 8. (The National Aegis credits the New York Constellation with the article, but David Block notes that the subject is clearly the lot of Massachusetts children not those in New York City.)

Year
1831
Item
1831.5
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1847.14 Fast Day Rites Encroached by Round Ball, Long Ball, Old Cat

Tags:

Holidays

Game:

Round Ball, Long Ball, Old-Cat Games

Age of Players:

Youth, Adult

"FAST.  This time-hallowed, if not time-honored occasion, was observed n the usual way.  The ministers preached t pews exhibiting a beggarly emptiness . . . . The b-boys smoked cigars, kicked football, payed [sic] round ball, long ball, an [sic] old cat, and went generally into the outward observances peculiar to the occasion."

Sources:

New Hampshire Statesman, and State Journal (Concord, New Hampshire), April 30, 1847, column B (originally from the Nashua Telegraph).

Year
1847
Item
1847.14
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1853.20 Hartford Courant describes Long Ball

Game:

Long Ball

The Hartford Courant, April 23, 1853, has a lengthy description of Long Ball.

Sources:

The Hartford Courant, April 23, 1853

Year
1853
Item
1853.20
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1860.88 Bloomfield CT has a Long Ball Club

Location:

Bloomfield

Game:

Long Ball

The Hartford Courant, Sept. 22, 1860 reports that the "Bloomfield Long Ball Club" is to play a series of games.

Sources:

The Hartford Courant, Sept. 22, 1860

Year
1860
Item
1860.88
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