Most Wanted, October 2013 -- Berber Base Ball in the Stone Age?

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by Larry McCray, October 2013

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Larry’s Most Wanted Facts for October –- Outs of Africa? As recounted at http://protoball.org/-3000c.1, 66 years ago an Italian researcher reported that Berbers in Libya were playing a two-base safe-haven game with several base-ball-like rules. He suggested that the game had come to Africa centuries earlier. It’s time to poke a bit at that conjecture. Is this the only claim for a base ball predecessor game in Africa? If it were a common pastime, shouldn’t we now have many additional sightings by now? Can we at least locate someone who might do some web searches in Arabic? Can we rule out the possibility that later forms of base ball were taught to locals, say 70 or 100 years ago?

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