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Minister from New England Plays Ball in Western Reserve [OH]

Salience Noteworthy
City/State/Country: OH, United States
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult
Text

April 8 [1806]: "Visited. Played at little ball."

May: "Rainy. Played ball some."

 Volume 1 of this diary is not available via Google Books as of 11/15/2008. To view Volume 2, which has later New England references, use a Google Books "'robbins d. d.' diary" search.

Sources

Increase Tarbox, ed., The Diary of Thomas Robbins, D.D. 1796-1854, Volume 1 (Boston, 1886) pages 285 and 287. Per Thomas L. Altherr, "Chucking the Old Apple: Recent Discoveries of Pre-1840 North American Ball Games," Base Ball, Volume 2, number 1 (Spring 2008), page 32.

 

Comment

Tom Altherr writes : "This may be the earliest recorded evidence of ball play in Ohio." Note: Protoball knows of no earlier reference as of 2008.

(See #1796.2) regarding his earlier diary-keeping, and #1833.11 for later diary entries about.

Robbins was 33 years old in 1806.

In 1806, after leaving the Western Reserve, Robbins played again in Norwalk CT, and played there again in 1808. 

 

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 It would be helpful to know where Robbins lived in the Western Reserve. 

 

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