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Rochester NY Editor: Base Ball to Curb Tobacco, Swearing (If Not Spitting)

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Location Western New York
City/State/Country: Rochester, NY, United States
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"We hail then with pleasure, the introduction in our city of the game of base ball and the formation of the many clubs to enjoy this healthful activity. It will impart vigor, health and good feeling. It is a manly sport . . . [and] will contribute as much to good morals as it does to pleasure. . . . The stimulus of outdoor exercises will supplant the morbid and pernicious craving for tobacco. . . . It is a luxury to see our young men together, in the innocent enjoyment of a healthful sport. Let a father who was once a ball player too . . . have the privilege of looking on without the pain of hearing a profane word . . . Signed, X."


 "Field Sports," Rochester Democrat and American (August 12, 1858), page 3, column 2. 

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