First Interscholastic Ball Game
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|Date||Circa 1853 Date not recorded|
|Location||Andover, MA, United States|
The Phillips Academy, in Andover MA, is reported to have played a game against the Andover Theological Seminary in 1853. A Phillips student named Hardy reportedly wrote: "The Theologues were not too dignified in those days to play matches with the academy."
Caveat: This game was very unlikely to have followed modern rules. Writing of it later, participants termed the game "round ball," and a writer in 1917 called it "rounders."
Query: Are we persuaded that the two institutions were separately administered?
Recollections by William Hardy, Phillips Class of 1853, cited in Fred H. Harrison, Chapter 2, "The Hard-Ball Game," in Athletics for All (Phillips Academy, 1983). Harrison does not give a source for the Hardy quote, apparently.
Recollections of Andover student William Mowry, cited in C. M. Fuess, An Old New England School: A History of Phillips Academy, Andover (Houghton Mifflin, 1917), pp. 449-450.
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