Priscilla Astifan, December 2008

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December 2008
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Priscilla and a colleague discuss the predecessor game to Knicks-style base ball in upstate New York in “Old-Fashioned Base Ball” in Western New York, 1825-1860,” which appeared in the fall 2008 issue of Base Ball.  The article notes that until 1860 the unusually unnamed earlier game was still played competitively in several places.  About 20 news accounts from that time, and from later accounts of a number of “throwback” games, allow a partial picture of the nature of that earlier game.  Strong similarity to the Massachusetts Game is found.

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