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Harvard Man Recalls Cricket, "Various Games of Bat and Ball" on Campus

Salience Noteworthy
Tags College, Harvard College
Location Harvard
City/State/Country: Cam, MA, United States
Game Cricket
Immediacy of Report Retrospective
Text

Writing of the Buttery on the Harvard campus in Cambridge MA, Sidney Willard later recalled that "[b]esides eatable, everything necessary for a student was there sold, and articles used in the play-grounds, as bats, balls, &c. . . . [w]e wrestled and ran, played at quoits, at cricket, and various games of bat and ball, whose names perhaps are obsolete."

 

Sources

Sidney Willard, Memories of Youth and Manhood [John Bartlett, Cambridge, 1855], volume 1, pp 31 and 316. Thomas L. Altherr, "A Place Leavel Enough to Play Ball," reprinted in David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It, ref # 44.

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