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1866.5
Coordinates 40° 37' 59" N, 89° 23' 55" WLatitude: 40.6331249
Longitude: -89.3985283
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Country United States  +
Game Base Ball + , Town Ball +
Has Supplemental Text true  +
Headline Modern Game Compared to Traditional Town Ball in IL  +
Immediacy of Report Contemporary  +
Query <p>() Any idea why this morsel hadn' <p>() Any idea why this morsel hadn't turned up before 2014?</p> <p>() By 1860, the modern game seems well-established in Chicago -- was it still unfamiliar elsewhere in IL as late as 1866?  </p> <p>() The writer seems unfamiliar with the modern force-out rule; wasn't that introduced prior in base ball prior to 1866?</p> <p>() Is it possible that the absence of a comment about the modern no-plugging rule means that local town ball already used a no-plugging rule?</p> <p>() Many throwback articles mention that the new ball is harder than traditional balls.  Could local town ball have already employed hard balls?</p> ave already employed hard balls?</p>
Reviewed true  +
Salience 2  +
Sources <p><em>Illinois State Journal</em>, May 10, 1866.</p>
State IL  +
Submission Note 19CBB Posting, 2/15/2014.  +
Submitted by Richard Hershberger +
Tags Pre-modern Rules  +
Year 1,866  +
Year Number 5  +
Has improper value forThis property is a special property in this wiki. Year Suffix  + , Source Image  + , City  +
Categories Chronology  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 10 May 2015 01:46:17  +
TextThis property is a special property in this wiki. <p>"Base Ball resembles our old-fash <p>"Base Ball resembles our old-fashioned favorite game of Town Ball sufficiently to naturalize it very quickly. It is governed by somewhat elaborate rules, but the practice is quite simple.  Nine persons on a side, including the Captains, play it.  Four bases are placed ninety feet apart, in the figure of a diamond. The Batsman, Ball Pitcher, and one Catcher, take the same position as in Town Ball.  Of the outside, besides the Pitcher and Catcher, one is posted at each base, one near the Pitcher, called the “Short Stop,”—whose duty is the same as the others in the field—to stop the ball.  The Innings take the bat in rotation, as in Town Ball,—and are called by the Scorer.  The ball is pitched, not thrown to them—a distance of fifty feet.  The Batsman is permitted to strike at three “fair” balls, without danger of being put out by a catch, but hit or miss, must run at the third “fair” ball.  He may "tip" or hit a foul.</p> <p>The full article, with commentary from finder Richard Hershberger, is found below in the Supplemental Text section.</p> <p> </p> xt section.</p> <p> </p>
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