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"Struck a Ball Over the (163-foot) Weather-cock" in New York

Salience Noteworthy
City/State/Country: New York, NY, United States
Game Unknown
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult
Text

 
"The same Day a Gentleman in this City, for a Wager of 10l [ten pounds] struck a Ball over the Weather-Cock of the English Church, which is above 163 Feet high. He had half a Day allow'd him to perform it in, but he did  it in less than half the Time."
 

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American Weekly Mercury, Philadelphia, July 6, 1732, page 3, column 2;

from a series of paragraphs/sentences datelined *New-York, July 3.  The preceding paragraph had begun "On Friday last."

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Protoball doesn't know of other early references to pop-fly hitting.

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Is it fair to assume that the gentleman used a bat to propel the ball? 

Are such feats known in England?

Is a 160-foot weather-vane plausible?  That's well over 10 stories, no?

 

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Submitted by George Thompson
Submission Note 19CBB posting, 9/24/2015.
Has Supplemental Text Yes



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