1806.4

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

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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.

April 8: "Visited. Played a little ball."

May: "Rainy. Played ball some."

Tom says: "This may be the earliest recorded evidence of ball play in Ohio." Note: Protoball knows of no earlier reference. It would be helpful to know where Robbins lived. Robbins was 33 years old in 1806. See #1796.2 regarding his earlier diarykeeping, and #1833.11 for later ones. 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.

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