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Age of Players Youth  +
City Duxbury?  +
Comment <p>Protoball does not know of other <p>Protoball does not know of other use of "roundstakes" as a predecessor game in the US.</p> <p>Duxbury MA (1870 population about 2300) is about 35 miles south of Boston.</p> <p>Sinnott died in 1943.  On the date of his hundredth birthday, in August 1959, his family distributed 100 copies of his boyhood memoirs. </p> copies of his boyhood memoirs. </p>
Coordinates 42° 2' 30" N, 70° 40' 20" WLatitude: 42.0417525
Longitude: -70.6722767
Country United States  +
Has Supplemental Text true  +
Headline Base Ball Comes to Massachusetts Youth  +
Immediacy of Report Retrospective  +
Query <p>[] Is the date "1870c" reasonable <p>[] Is the date "1870c" reasonable for the item?  Sinnott was born in 1859, and writes that he was in his teens when he first saw base ball.  His old-cat games would have come in the mid-1860s.</p> <p>[] It is presumed that Sinnott stayed in or near his birthplace, Duxbury MA, for the events he writes of.  Is that reasonable?</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
Reviewed true  +
Salience 2  +
Sources <p> </p> <p>Chapter 13, <p> </p> <p>Chapter 13, "The Coming of Baseball," in <span style="text-decoration: underline;">When Grandpa Was a Boy: Stories of My Boyhood As Told to My Children and Grandchildren,</span> by Charles Peter Sinnott (four types pages; presumed unpublished; from the Maxwell Library Archives, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater MA).</p> State College, Bridgewater MA).</p>
State MA  +
Submission Note Email of 2/23/2018  +
Submitted by Tom Shieber +
Tags Equipment  + , Holidays  + , Pre-modern Rules  +
Year 1,870  +
Year Number 8  +
Year Suffix c  +
Has improper value forThis property is a special property in this wiki. Source Image  +
Categories Chronology  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 28 February 2018 17:06:31  +
TextThis property is a special property in this wiki. <p>"I well remember when baseball ma <p>"I well remember when baseball made its first appearance in our quiet little community."</p> <p>[] Charles Sinnott writes that in early childhood "the little boys' ball game was either "Three-old-cats" or "Four-Old Cats," and describes both variations.</p> <p>[] He recalls that "The game that bore the closest resemblance to our modern baseball was "roundstakes" or "rounders."  In some communities it was know (sic) as "townball."  He recalls this game as marked by the plugging of runners, use a soft ball, featuring stakes or stones as bases, compulsory running -- including for missed third strikes, an absence of foul territory, an absence of called  strikes or  balls, and teams of seven to ten players on a team.  "It was originally an old English game much played in  the colonies."</p> <p>[] In describing the new game of  base ball, he recalls adjustment to the harder ball ("it seemed to us like playing with a croquet ball"), gloves only worn by the catchers, an umpire who was hit in the eye by a foul tip, fingers "knocked out of joint" by the hard ball, a bloody nose from a missed fly ball, and "that we unanimously pronounced [base ball] superior to our fine old game of roundstakes."</p> <p>SEE FULL CHAPTER TEXT AT "SUPPLEMENTAL TEXT," BELOW --  </p> "SUPPLEMENTAL TEXT," BELOW --  </p>
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