The Play Ground; or, Out-Door Games for Boys. A Book of Healthy Recreations for Youth. Containing Upwards of A Hundred Amusements ... and Full instructions in Archery, Cricket, Croquet and Base Ball
The Play Ground; or, Out-Door Games for Boys. A Book of Healthy Recreations for Youth. Containing Upwards of A Hundred Amusements ... and Full instructions in Archery, Cricket, Croquet and Base Ball

BASEBALL, GOLF, AND CRICKET TOO

The Play Ground; or, Out-Door Games for Boys. A Book of Healthy Recreations for Youth. Containing Upwards of A Hundred Amusements ... and Full instructions in Archery, Cricket, Croquet and Base Ball.

New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, [1866].

Splendidly Illustrated with 124 Wood-cuts. 120, [18, ads] pp. 1 vols. 12mo. BASEBALL, GOLF, AND CRICKET TOO. Cloth-backed color pictorial boards. Some rubbing, edges very slightly scuffed. Owner signature on verso of title dated 1871. Very good plus, a fresh copy. Not in Block, Smith, or Grobani; not in Drazin; not in Donovan; predates tennis coverage in Phelps & Sabine. ALSO not in Padwick. Item #256688

Pages 83 through 93 are about baseball, with diagram, cuts, and rules; croquet at pp. 93-101; Rugby at 101-103; cricket at pp. 64 to 82 in a Chapter called "Ball Games" and reads at the start "This is essentially an English game as base-ball is American, but it meets with some favor in this country..."; a brief mention of tennis at p. 108 (“scarcely ever played”); and golf at pp. 109-110.
Early, if not first printing of this landmark little book on American sports and games.

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