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Thurlow Weed Recalls Baseball in Rochester NY

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Famous
Location Western New York
Immediacy of Report Retrospective
Age of Players Adult

"A baseball club, numbering nearly fifty members, met every afternoon during the ball playing season. Though the members of the club embraced persons between eighteen and forty, it attracted the young and old. The ball ground, containing some eight or ten acres, known as Mumford's meadow . . . ."     -- Thurlow Weed

[Weed goes on to list prominent local professional people, including doctors and lawyers, among the players.]

The experience is also represented in a 1947 novel, Grandfather Stories.  "[The game] was clearly baseball, not town ball, as the old man described the positioning of the fielders and mentioned that it took three outs to retire the batting side."   -- Tom Altherr.    


Weed, Thurlow, Life of Thurlow Weed [Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1883], volume 1, p. 203. Per Robert Henderson ref #159.

Samuel Hopkins Adams, Grandfather Stories (Random House, 1955 -- orig pub'd 1947), 146-149.

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Did Weed advert to 3-out half innings, or did Adams?

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