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Town Ball, Other Games on Sabbath Subject to Dollar Fine in Springfield IL

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City/State/Country: Springfield, IL, United States
Game Cricket, Old-Cat Games, Town Ball
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"Any person who shall on the Sabbath day play bandy, cricket, cat, town ball, corner ball, over ball, fives, or any other game of ball, within the limits of the Corporation, or shall engage in pitching dollars, or quoits in any public place, shall on conviction thereof, be fined the sum of one dollar." 


Illinois Weekly State Journal, June 14, 1834.


Richard Hershberger writes: "If I recall correctly, the earliest known cites for "town ball" are reportedly from 1837, from local ordinances in Canton, IL and Indianapolis, IN.  This is a similar ordinance, from Springfield, IL, from 1834." 

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Submission Note Email, 2/15/2014


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