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Disparate Ball Games Seen in New Hampshire

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

Both NH game accounts are in The New York Clipper. May 19, 1860, p.37


Intramural games are described for two clubs. In one, appearing on May 19, "the stars of the East" of Manchester played an in-house 28-23 game under National Association Rules - nine players, nine innings, the usual fielding positions neatly assigned. The other was a two-inning contest with twelve-player sides and a score of 70 to 63. This latter game does not resemble contours on the Massachusetts game - it's hard to construe it having a one-out-side-out rule -, but it's not wicket, for the club is named the "Granite Base Ball Club", also of Manchester. The run distribution in the box score is consistent with the use of all-out-side-out innings. 

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What were these fellows playing? 

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Submitted by Craig Waff
Submission Note September 2008


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