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Salem MA Ordinance Outlaws Bat-and-Ball, Cricket

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City/State/Country: Salem, MA, United States
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". . . no Person shall use the Exercise of playing or Kicking of Foot-ball, or the Exercise of Bat-and-Ball, or Cricket . . .  within the Body of this Town, under a Penalty of One Shilling and Six Pence."

By-Laws and Orders of the town of Salem MA, July 26, 1762.


December 13, 1768, The Essex Gazette (Salem, MA), Volume 1, Issue 20, p. 81.   

(“Following is an Extract of the By-Laws and ORDERS of the Town of Salem, of the 26th of July, A.D. 1762, approved by His Majesty’s Court of General Sessions of the Peace holden at said SALEM in the same month, and now published by Order of the Select-Men, viz.)

(Detailed source received from Brian Turner, 8/31/2014.)





Brian Turner, 8/31/2014, notes that the wording of this order could be taken to mean that the game itself was seen as a form of cricket, and was not a distinct game. 

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Submission Note Posted to 19CBB on July 30, 2007


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