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<p>"The recreations prohibited by pr … <p>"The recreations prohibited by proclamation in the reign of Edward III, exclusive of the games of chance, are thus specified; the throwing of stones, wood, or iron; playing at hand-ball, foot-ball, club-ball, and camucam, which I take to have been a species of goff . . . ." Edward III reigned from 1327 to 1377. The actual term for "club-ball" in the proclamation was, evidently, "bacculoream."</p>
<p>This appears to be one of only two direct references to "club-ball" in the literature. See #1794.2, below.</p>
<p><strong>Caveat</strong>: David Block argues that, contrary to Strutt's contention [see #1801.1, below], club ball may not be the common ancestor of cricket and other ballgames. See David Block, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Baseball Before We Knew It,</span> pages 105-107 and 183-184. Block says that "pilam bacculoream" translates as "ball play with a stick or staff." <strong>Note:</strong> We seem not to really know what "camucam" was. Nor, of course, how club ball was played, since the term could have denoted a form of tennis or field hockey or and early form of stoolball or cricket. Edward II had issued a ban of his own in 1314, regarding football.</p> own in 1314, regarding football.</p>