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Holiday Round Ball in NH

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Pre-modern Rules
City/State/Country: Nashua, NH, United States
Game Round Ball, Old Cat, Long Ball
Age of Players Youth

"Fast.  This time-hallowed, if not time-honored occasion, was observed in the usual way.  The ministers preached to pews exhibiting a beggarly emptiness, upon the sins of the nation -- a frightful subject enough, heaven knows.  The b-hoys smoked cigars, kicked football, played round ball, long ball, and old cat, and went generally into the outward observances peculiar to the occasion. [Nashua (NH) Telegraph]."


Nashua Telegraph, as reported in the Boston Currier, April 14, 1847


Stephen Katz observes: "The "fast" referred to was probably Thanksgiving, celebrated on April 13, 1847."

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"Long ball": See 1853.20.

"B-hoys": See 1847.14.

Can we determine the ages of the players?


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Submitted by Stephen Katz
Submission Note Email of 2/5/2021


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