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Worcester MA Ordinance Bans "Frequent and Dangerous" Ball Playing and Hoops"

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Bans
Location New England
City/State/Country: Worcester, MA, United States

"[S]uch regulations as will prevent the playing Ball and Hoops in the public Streets  . . . a practice so frequent and dangerous, that has occasioned many great and repeated complaints."


Worcester, MA Town Records, May 6, 1816; reprinted in Franklin P. Rice, ed., Worcester Town Records, 1801 - 1816, volume X (Worcester Society of Antiquity, 1891), p. 337. Also appears in Henderson, p. 150 [No ref given], and in 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 244 and ref #72.

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