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Amherst Alum Cites Round Ball, Wicket, Cricket on Campus in the Past
|City/State/Country:||Amherst, MA, United States|
|Game||Round Ball, Wicket, CricketRound Ball, Wicket, Cricket|
|Immediacy of Report||Retrospective|
|Age of Players||YouthYouth|
"Various athletic sports have always, to a greater or less degree, prevailed among the students. Prominent among these is, of course, the game of ball in its various forms of Base Ball, Cricket, and Wicket. . . 'Wicket' and 'Round Ball' were quite common once, though of late years [c1870], 'Base Ball' has entirely super[s]eded them."
George Cutting, Student Life at Amherst College, Its Organizations, their Membership, and History (Amherst, Massachusetts, 1871), page 112.
Dating this entry in the 1840s is highly arbitrary. It is included only because it suggests that round ball and wicket were locally seen as common past activities at this fine college as of 1871.
Cutting is listed as a member of the Class of 1871, and thus probably had little direct knowledge of early campus sports. His impressions to round ball and perhaps wicket may have been relayed informally from older persons on campus.Edit with form to add a comment
Can we assess the accuracy of his summary? Is wicket known to be played in the vicinity or in other colleges?Edit with form to add a query
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