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Jane Austen and Base-Ball

Tonight watching Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey" on PBS and in the opening scene I was fascinated to see a game of "base ball" being played by English kids in 1797. So I Googled "Northanger Abbey" and found this paragraph: "It was not very wonderful that Catherine, who had nothing heroic about her, should prefer cricket, base-ball, riding on horseback, and running about the country at the age of fourteen, to books." This was… View More