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French Work Describes Poisoned Ball and La Balle au Baton

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Pre-modern Rules
Location France
City/State/Country: France
Game Poisoned Ball
Age of Players Juvenile
Text

Beleze, Par G., Jeux des adolescents [Paris, L. Hachette et Cie], This author's portrayal of balle empoisonee is seen as similar to its earlier coverage up to 40 years before; its major variant involves two teams who exchange places regularly, outs are recorded by means of caught flies and runners plugged between bases, and four or five bases comprise the infield. Hitters, however, used their bare hands as bats. Block sees the second game, la balle au baton, as a scrub game played without teams. The ball was put in play by fungo hits with a bat, and was reported to be most often seen in Normandie, where it was known as teque or theque. 

 
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per David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It, page 217. 

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What are the "other sources" for playing theque? Is it significant that this book features games for adolescents, not younger children?

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