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Even the Australians Are Bothered by Sunday Baseball

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Ball in the Culture, Bans
Location Australia
City/State/Country: Hobart, Van Diemen's Land, Australia
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Youth
Text

"Sabbath Desecration. - A correspondent requests us to call attention to the practice of a number of boys and young men, who congregate in Mr. Wilkinson's paddock, near Patrick and Murray Streets, on Sunday afternoons, for playing at cricket, base-ball, &c., making a great noise, and offending the eyes and ears of persons of moral and religious feeling."

 

Sources

Colonial Times[Hobart], Saturday, September 22, 1855, page 3.

Comment

Subsequent comments on 19CBB from Bob Tholkes and Richard Hershberger [11/23/09] led to conjecture that this form of "base-ball" arrived Down Under directly from its English roots, for in 1855 American presence was largely restricted to the gold fields. Note: Hobart is on the northern coast of the island that has been known as Tasmania since 1856.

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Submitted by Eric Miklich
Submission Note 19CBB posting 11/21/2009



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