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Long Ball in Vermont

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City/State/Country: Rutland, VT, United States
Game Long Ball (US Batting Game)
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The Rutland County Herald (Rutland, VT), July 19, 1848, referred to "long ball" being played in the 1700s at Fort Ranger in Rutland. The fort was the headquarters of the Vermont troops until 1781. Located near the center of town, it “naturally became the rendezvous of the town, the favorite resort of idlers, loungers, and loafers.” Townsfolk would gather there on the Sabbath to gossip and exchange their wares, “and here did the idle soldiery and congenial lazzarone exercise their skill and strength in the exciting games of long ball, &c.”


Rutland County Herald (Rutland, VT), July 19, 1848.


According to Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1913, "lazzarone" referred to "the homeless idlers of Naples who live by chance work or begging." 

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Submitted by Stephen Katz
Submission Note Submitted February 15, 2021


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