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Amherst Alum Cites Round Ball, Wicket, Cricket on Campus in the Past

Salience Noteworthy
City/State/Country: Amherst, MA, United States
Game Round Ball, Wicket, Cricket
Immediacy of Report Retrospective
Age of Players Youth

"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.

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Can we assess the accuracy of his summary?  Is wicket known to be played in   the vicinity or in other colleges?

Cutting p. 113 says the "wicket ground was in the rear of the chapel" thus confirming that wicket was played on the campus. [ba]

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