"We can only suppose that if
baseball was banned in Pittsfield
in 1791, it was not a nuisance devised in that year, that it had been played here some time before."
John Thorn, Major League Baseball's official historian.
The restrictions, adopted in 1791, banned the games of "Wickets, Cricket, Baseball, Batball, Football, Cat, Fives or any Game or Games with Balls within the distance of eighty yards from said meeting house." Violators to be subject to a five shilling fine.
Baseball in the berkshires - the book
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