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Ontario Diarist Reports Joining Men "Jumping and Playing Ball"

Salience Noteworthy
Location Canada
City/State/Country: York, Ontario, Canada
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

"I went to Town [York, Ontario] . . . walk'd out and joined a number of men jumping and playing  Ball, perceived a Mr. Joseph Randle to be the most active."      -- Ely Playter, York tavernkeeper.


[Playter, Ely], "Extracts from Ely Playter's Diary, April 13, 1803," reprinted in Edith G. Firth, ed., The Town of York 1793 - 1815: A Collection of Documents of Early Toronto (The Champlain Society, Toronto, 1962), p. 248. Per Thomas L. Altherr, "A Place Leavel Enough to Play Ball," reprinted in David Block, Baseball before We Knew It, page 247 and ref #89.

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