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Hilarious "Base Ball" and "Two Old Cat" Recalled by Chicagoan

Salience Peripheral
Tags Pre-modern Rules
City/State/Country: Chicago, IL, United States
Game Base Ball, Two Old Cat
Immediacy of Report Retrospective
Age of Players Juvenile

Gale's "Reminiscences of Early Chicago and Vicinity" (1902) pp. 213-214 talks about his school days in 1844: "in the immediate vicinity of the school we could indulge in a game of 'two old cat' or in the hilarious sport of 'base ball.' We had no regulation balls or clubs, or even rules." Goes on the describe how the students made balls and bats. 

This was at Bennett's school, in modern downtown at the southwest corner of State  and Madison.




Gale's "Reminiscences of Early Chicago and Vicinity" (1902) pp. 213-214


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Submitted by Bruce Allardice
Submission Note Email of June 4, 2017


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