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Doc Adams' Sister Writes of Bat and Ball Play

Salience Peripheral
Tags Females, Pre-modern Rules
City/State/Country: Mount Vernon, NH, United States
Game Bat and Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Juvenile

In a June 1832 letter to her 17-year-old brother at Amherst, the 10-year-old Nancy Ann Adams wrote, "I felt very lonesome after you and the rest were gone.  I have not played with your bat and ball as you bid me."

Her brother is Daniel Lucius "Doc" Adams, who was to become a key member of the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club about eight years later.



Letter, Nancy A. Adams to D. L. Adams, 7/15/1832, from Mount Vernon NH.


John Thorn notes: "The game that the future Doc Adams played with these objects is not known." 

"A game called "bat and ball" is known to have been played in NH, and her wording echoes that name.

"Even a hint that a girl would be tempted to take up a bat and ball is notable in US ballplaying history."

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Submitted by John Thorn
Submission Note Email of 10/19/2014.


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