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Minister Reflects on Early Nineteenth Century Sports and Entertainments

Salience Noteworthy
City/State/Country: Sheffield, MA, United States
Immediacy of Report Retrospective
Age of Players Youth

"The sorts and entertainments were very simple [around 1800] . . . games of ball, not base-ball, as is now [1880s?] the fashion, yet with wickets . . . "  

"But as to sports and entertainments in general, there were more of them in those days than now.  We had more holidays, more games in the streets -- of ball-playing, of quoits, of running, leaping, and wrestling."


--Orville Dewey


m. Dewey, ed., Autobiography and Letters of Orville Dewey, D. D. (Boston, 1883), pp. 19 and 21.   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 38.


If these 1800-era memories were composed in around 1880, we should be cautious.

Wow, leaping again! Do we need a History of Leaping website?

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