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Comment <p>While this apppears to be the fir <p>While this apppears to be the first American use of the term "base ball," see item 1786.1 above, in which a Princeton student notes having played "baste ball" five years earlier.  See item [[1786.1]].</p> <p>The town of Northampton MA issued a similar order in 1791, but omitted base ball and wicket from the list of special games of ball.  See item [[1791.2]]. Northampton is about 40 miles SE of Pittsfield.</p> <p>John Thorn's essay on the Pittsfield regulation is found at John Thorn, "The Pittsfield  "Baseball" By-law: What it Means," <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Base Ball </span>Journal (Special Issue on Origins), Volume 5, Number 1 (Spring 2011), pages 46-49.</p> er 1 (Spring 2011), pages 46-49.</p>
Game Cricket + , Base Ball + , Bat-Ball + , Wicket +
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Headline "Bafeball" Among Games Banned in Pittsfield MA - also Cricket, Wicket  +
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Sources <p>Per John Thorn: <span style="t <p>Per John Thorn: <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The History of Pittsfield (Berkshire County),Massachusetts, From the Year 1734 to the Year 1800</span>. Compiled and Written, Under the General Direction of a Committee, by J. E. A. Smith. By Authority of the Town. [Lea and Shepard, 149 Washington Street, Boston, 1869], 446-447. The actual documents themselves repose in the Berkshire Athenaeum.</p> pose in the Berkshire Athenaeum.</p>
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TextThis property is a special property in this wiki. <p>In Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in <p>In Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in order to promote the safety of the exterior of the newly built meeting house, particularly the windows, a by-law is enacted to bar "any game of wicket, cricket, baseball, batball, football, cats, fives, or any other game played with ball," within eighty yards of the structure. However, the letter of the law did not exclude the city's lovers of muscular sport from the tempting lawn of "Meeting-House Common." This is the first indigenous instance of the game of <em>baseball</em> being referred to by that name on the North American continent. It is spelled herein as <strong>ba<em>f</em>eball. "</strong>Pittsfield is baseball's Garden of Eden," said Pittsfield Mayor James Ruberto.</p> <p>An account of this find (a re-find, technically) is at John Thorn, "1791 and All That: Baseball and the Berkshires," <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game</span>, Volume 1, Number 1 (Spring 2007) pp. 119-126. </p> <p>See also</p> <p> </p> id=1799618.</p> <p> </p>
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