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Base ball Seen as "Old-fashioned" Activity For English Girls

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Females
City/State/Country: England
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Juvenile

"In 1820, another girl-oriented book, entitled Early Education, mentions 'base ball' among a footnoted list of appropriate 'old-fashioned' amusements that also includes 'hunt the slipper' and 'my lady's toilette."


E. Appleton, Early Education (2nd Edition, 1821), page 384, cited in David Block, John Newberry Publishes A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, and With it Our First Glimpse of the game of English Baseball,Base Ball, volume 5, number 1 (Spring 2011), page 34.

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