Long Ball (US Batting Game)

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Game Long Ball (US Batting Game)
Game Family Fungo Fungo
Regions US
Eras 1800s
Invented No


"Long Ball"  is generally known as a baserunning bat-and-ball game in Europe.  However, Steven Katz (email of 2/5/2021) notes that, according to an article in the Connecticut Courant, April 23, 1853, was locally the name of something like a fungo game: 


"Reader, did you ever see a bevy of boys playing what they call long ball? One stands and knocks and the others try to catch the ball, and the fortunate one gets to take the place of the knocker."





Connecticut Courant, April 23, 1853.

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Do we know know if this and other fungo style batting games were known elsewhere in the US?  

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