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NJ Officer Plays Ball Throughout His Military Service

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Military
Location New Jersey
City/State/Country: United States
Game Whirl

Lt. Ebenezer Elmer, a New Jersey office, noted several instances of ball-playing in New York State in 1776 and in New Jersey in 1777.  His initial entries cite the game of whirl, and later ones note that ball was played "again."


"Journal of Lieutenant Ebenezer Elmer, of the Third Regiment of New Jersey Troops in the Continental Service," Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society [1848], volume 1, number 1, pp. 26, 27, 30, and 31, and volume 3, number 2, pp.98. Per Thomas L. Altherr, "A Place Leavel Enough to Play Ball," reprinted in David Block, Baseball before We Knew It, ref # 29.

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What was the game of "whirl?"

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