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Williams College Student Notes Ballplaying in Winter Months

Salience Noteworthy
Tags College, Holidays
Location New England
City/State/Country: Williamstown, MA, United States
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

A Williams College student's diary begun in 1796 (when he was 19) and continued for several years, includes a half dozen references to playing ball, but they do not describe the nature of the game.  His first such entry, from April 22, 1796, is "I exercise considerable, playing ball." 


Tarbox, Increase N., Diary of Thomas Robbins, D. D. 1796 - 1854 (Beacon Press, Boston, 1886), volume 1, pp. 8, 29, 32, 106, and 128. Per Thomas L. Altherr, "A Place Leavel Enough to Play Ball," reprinted in David Block, Baseball before We Knew It, (See page 241 and ref #55. The college is in Williamstown MA.  He notes ballplaying later in Sheffield and Danbury CT

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