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RI Boy Did A Little Ball-Playing

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

Adin Ballou grew up in a minister's home in Cumberland, RI, and his amusements were of the "homely and simple kinds, such as hunting, fishing, wrestling, wrestling, jumping, ball-playing , quoit-pitching . . .Card-playing was utterly disallowed." 


"W. Heywood, ed., Autobiography of Adin Ballou (Vox Populi Press, Lowell MA, 1896), page 13. 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 30.

The autobiography was accessed 11/15/2008 via a Google Books search for "adin ballou." 


The book has no references to wicket, cricket or roundball.

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