Predecessor Game in Woodstock in 1836

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Date of Game 1836 Unspecified time in 1830s
Game Predecessor Game
Location Woodstock, Canada
Description

"Baseball was an evening practice of the young men after the day’s work. The game was popular, matches were frequent with the villagers on the court house green, and the play exciting. The Pascoe’s, the Gunns, the Egans, the Budds, and the Dunns were leading players. Imitation was strong in the juveniles. Every little fellow must have his bat and ball and many an old sock, and many an old rubber was ripped up, used up, and cut up, and wound up, and sewed up in sheepskin, or, when they had the coppers, in calfskin by friend “Benjie”. The higher the bound the better the ball."

Note that the term "baseball" here was not necessarily taken from contemporary sources.


Sources

Woodstock (Ontario) Daily Express, December 20, 1901 to February 16, 1901; as cited in William Humber, "Early Baseball in Canada," manuscript of 9/14/12.

Submitted by Bill Humber
Entry Origin Sabrpedia



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