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Well, As Goes Canton, So Goes Indianapolis

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Section 34 of an Indianapolis IN ordinance said:

"Any person who shall on the Sabbath day play at cricket, bandy, cat, town ball, corner ball, or any other game of ball within the limits of the corporation, or shall engage in pitching quoits or dollars in any public place therein, shall on conviction pay the sum of one dollar for each offense."  [See the very similar #1837.7, above.] 

Richard pointed out in 2008 that these very similar regulations give us the earliest citation for the term "town ball" he knows of, but in 2014 he found the very similar 1834 prohibition on Springfield IL at 1834.9


Indiana Journal, May 13, 1837.


Note: A dollar fine for "pitching dollars?"

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Submission Note Email of 2/2/2008


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