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UPenn Bans Ball Playing Near Open University Windows

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Bans, College
Location Philadelphia
City/State/Country: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Youth, Adult
Text

"[The college] yard is intended for the exercise and recreation of the youth . . . [but don't] "play ball against any of the wall of the University, whilst the windows are open."

Sources

RULES for the Good Government and Discipline of the SCHOOL in the UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA (Francis Bailey, Philadelphia PA, 1784). Per Thomas L. Altherr, "A Place Leavel Enough to Play Ball," reprinted in David Block, Baseball before We Knew It, p. 239 (ref #41.)

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Does it sound like hand ball ("fives") may be the troublesome type of play?

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