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In 1805 a game of “bace” was reportedly played among adult males in New York City. Its rules were not reported. The word “bace” is extremely rare in sport: it appeared in a 1377 English document, and, in a list of obsolete Cornish terms, for the game Prisoner’s Base in Cornwall in 1882. Unlike the usual case for prisoner’s base, however, a final score [41-35] was reported for this match.
"Bace" is also reported as an obolete term for a British game, the nature of which is not yet known.
As of June 2019, Protoball has only 3 references to “base,” one in the 1300s and two in 1805.Edit with form to add a comment
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