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'Bama Boys Play Town Ball on Campus

Salience Noteworthy
Tags College
Location Alabama
Game Town Ball
Age of Players Youth
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"Remembering his days as a student at the University of Alabama in the 1850s, George Little wrote of the penchant for playing town ball: 'Our favorite outdoor game was town ball.  This game was played very much like the modern game of baseball but was played with a soft rubber ball.  The ball was thrown at the runner and if he was hit between bases he was out.'" 

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George Little, Memoirs of George Little (Weatherford Printing Company, Tuscaloosa, 1924), age 14.  As reported by Tom Altherr, Town Ball at the University of Alabama in the 1850s,  Originals, volume 3, number 10 (October 2010), page 2.

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