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Cooperstown NY Bans Downtown Ballplaying Near Future Site of HOF

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Tags Bans
Location Western New York
City/State/Country: Cooperstown, NY, United States

On June 6, 1816, trustees of the Village of Cooperstown, New York enacted an ordinance: "Be it Ordained That no person shall play at Ball in Second or West Street (now Pioneer and Main Streets), in this village, under a penalty of one dollar, for each and every offence."



Otsego Herald, number 1107, June 6, 1816, p. 3. The Herald carried the same notice on June 13, page 3.   Per Thomas L. Altherr, “A Place Leavel Enough to Play Ball: Baseball and Baseball-Type Games in the Colonial Era, Revolutionary War, and Early American Republic.." Nine, Volume 8, number 2 (2000), p. 15-49.  Reprinted in David Block, Baseball before We Knew It – see page 245 and ref #75.


Note: those streets intersect a half block from the Hall of Fame, right?

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