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January 27, 2011


larry McCray

Tim --

Jim Overmyer mentioned your January posting and its reference to a game called "whirl."

I maintain, on the Protoball website, a rough compilation of ballgames that do or may resemble base ball, and I plan to add "whirl" to the 200-odd games on our "Glossary of Games" page in our next update. I'm hoping that future origins researchers might note the game and pursue it further.

If you happen to learn more about the game, or its players, I'd be eager to update the site accordingly. I suspect as you do that the game may have been a baserunning ballgame like base ball or tipcat or wicket or cricket. I also wonder if you can assess whether it might have been a variant of an Indian game like lacrosse {baggawaty) or a field-hockey game like bandy. Bandy and baggawaty are known to have been pretty rough games, as was wicket.

Thanks for posting this bit!

Larry McCray

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