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Sports at Exeter Academy include "Old-Fashioned Bat and Ball". . . and Football

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Location Exeter Academy
City/State/Country: Exeter, NH, United States
Game Bat-and-Ball, Football
Immediacy of Report Retrospective
Age of Players Youth

"At the turn of the century ball-playing at Exeter was commonplace, according to a historian of that school.  'The only games seem to have been old-fashioned 'bat and ball', which, in the spring, was played on the grounds of the Academy building, and football.  The former differed widely from the modern game of base ball, which was introduced later.   The old game had fewer rules, and was played with a soft leather ball.'"  -- Tom Altherr


Cunningham, Frank H., Familiar Sketches of the Phillips Exeter Academy and Surroundings (James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883), p. 281. Per Thomas L. Altherr, "A Place Leavel Enough to Play Ball," reprinted in David Block, Baseball before We Knew It; see page 245 and ref # 79.

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Is there a way to check the approximate year that the historian is depicting in this passage? 

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