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CT Lad Plays Base Ball Much of the Morning

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Contemp. "Base Ball" usage
City/State/Country: Thomaston, CT, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Youth

After buying a book that would hold his diary entries for the next year and beyond, 11 year old James Terry wrote in his first entry, dated April 4, 1835, "Then played base ball til noon, then went to get wintergreen . . . ." 

Two days later he wrote "got my dinner; then went to watch the boys play ball; then went to the store."  On June 1, 1836, he wrote that some local boys "went and played ball and I stood and looked on.  I then went up to my chamber and stayed there a while."   



Unpublished journal of James Terry, written near  what is now Thomaston CT.


Thomaston, CT is about 10 miles N of Waterbury CT and about 20 miles SW of Hartford.

James Terry, son of a prominent clock manufacturer,  later founded what became the well-known Eagle Lock Company.

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Terry's initial diary entry April 4 entry begins "This morning I painted my stick: then thought I would begin to write a journal" just before recording his ballplaying.  He adds that he later "went and see-sawed. and then I painted my stick again, then ate supper."

Is it possible that the stick was his base ball bat?  Were painted bats common then?

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Submitted by Edward Cohen
Submission Note Email of October 12, 2013.

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