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"Old fashioned round ball" Played in Detroit

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City/State/Country: Detroit, MI, United States
Game Round Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Youth

In an 1884 interview Henry Starkey, who helped form the first baseball club in Detroit in 1857, recalled "Previous to that time, we had played the old fashioned game of round ball. There were no balls or strikes to that. The batter waited till a ball came along that suited him, banged it and ran. If it was a fly and somebody caught it, he was out and couldn't play any more in the game. If the ball was not caught on the fly, the only way to put the batter out was to hit him with the ball as he ran."


Quoted in Morris, "Baseball Fever"

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