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CT Man Reports 13-on-8 games, Asks for Some Rules

Salience Noteworthy
Location New England
City/State/Country: New Haven, CT, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

"Dear Spirit: The base-ball mania has attacked a select few in New Haven . . . the (self-assumed) best eight challenged the mediocre and miserable thirteen, who constitute the rest of this [unnamed] club. Best two in three, no grumbling, were the conditions . . . [The Worsts won, 48-40, 35-17, 33-27; sounds like a fixed-innings match.]. But what I meant to write you about, was to ask where we can obtain a full statement and explanation of the rules and principles of base-ball." 


 "BASE-BALL IN NEW HAVEN," Porter's Spirit of the Times, July 17, 1858.

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Submitted by Craig Waff
Submission Note September 2008


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