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Impromptu Ballplaying Recalled at Transylvania University

Salience Noteworthy
Tags College
City/State/Country: Lexington, KY, United States
Immediacy of Report Retrospective
Age of Players Youth

"Inter-collegiate or intramural sports in the college were almost nonexistent.  There were periods of relaxation in the afternoons, and impromptu ballgames, or ice-skating, racing, walking, etc., but there was no gymnasium, and no organized or supervised physical education."

-- Albea Godbold, author, 1944



John D. Wright, Transylvania: Tutor to the West (Lexington KY, 1975), p. 95.  This material is footnoted to Albea Godbold, The Church College in the South (Durham, 1944), page 102 [not inspected by Protoball as of 2020].   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 33.


Transylvania University was the first college located west of the Allegheny Mountains, and the first in Kentucky.  One prominent graduate was Jefferson Davis [insert your joke here.]

This section of the book is evidently an account of life at the university in the 1820s.

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