town ball


: a ball game preceding and resembling baseball
at recesses and at noon, we played … town ball and baseballW. A. White
compare rounder sense 3a

Word History


so called from the fact that it was played at the time of town meetings

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of town ball was in 1813

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“Town ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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