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Small Cambridge MA Schoolground Crimps Base and Cricket Play

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City/State/Country: Cambridge, MA, United States
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Age of Players Youth

 his new Cambridge school too small. "[N]one of the favorite games of foot-ball, hand-ball, base or cricket could be played in the grounds with any satisfaction, for the ball would be constantly flying over the fence, beyond which he boys could not go without asking special leave. This was a damper on the more ranging & athletic exercises."

-- Richard Henry Dana, on the limitations of school ground play at his new school in Cambridge MA



Robert Metdorf, ed., An Autobiographical Sketch (1815-1842) (Shoe String Press, Hamden CT, 1953), pages 51-52. 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 38. The text of the autobiography is unavailable via Google Books as of 11/16/2008.


Richard Henry Dana, later the author of Two Years Before the Mast and a leading abolitionist, was 14 in 1829.

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