In Epsom in 1860undefined

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Date of Game 1860
Game Goal Ball
Location Epsom, NH, United States
Has Source On Hand No
NY Rules No - Predecessor
Description Charles W. Brown, writing from Worcester to the Springfield Republican, casts his mind back to “a game of ball . . . played by ‘us boys’ who attended the district school in a little hill-top hamlet in New Hampshire,” a game certain to be “remembered by hundreds, yes, thousands of men of middle age, who attended . . . country schools . . . 40 years ago.” Born in Epsom, NH, Brown dates the game to 1860. “Saturday afternoons and all other holidays, found the big boys . . . playing goal ball” [emphasis added].
Sources Springfield Republican, Nov. 6, 1900

Found by Brian Turner, for an article to be submitted to Base Ball.

Turner also cites the dairy of Charles' father, who recorded playing "ball" in 1860 and 1861. Turner speculates that "goal" is used as a synonym for "base."

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