Here’s a brainteaser for my readers and especially for those who reenact during the Georgian Era. What game, dating back to at least the 15th century, do some researchers credit as a possible origin for Cricket, Rounders and Baseball? I’ll give you a couple more clues. In the early periods, it was often associated with Easter time. It also would be a great game for demonstrating at a living history event, and even involving the public, since both men and women played it. Give up? Well, the answer is Stoolball! Never heard of Stoolball? Well, it is not a game involving cow patties but you can read on to learn about this historic game that is still played today.
Stoolball is one of the best-documented of the early ballgames, with more than sixty possible references to its play between 1086 and 1861. Continue reading