Fwd: Re: wicket ball

Gerald Cohen gcohen at UMR.EDU
Tue Jan 29 02:35:42 UTC 2002

>From: David Ball <balldw at email.uc.edu>
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>Subject: [19cBB] wicket ball lives??
>Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 18:33:42 -0600
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>I've been trolling the net for references to wicket ball, finding four or
>five, but all frustratingly vague.  Mostly what I've found is that it was
>still played in 1865 and probably later, and that in the 1840's it could be
>played by at least 30 or 40 people.  I haven't seen anything to rule it out
>being an informal version fo cricket, but nothing to prove that it is such,
>of course.
>Then I encountered the web site of an osteopath in Lake Havasu City,
>Arizona, which gives a testimonial from an elderly woman named Helen (no
>last name given), written in July, 2000, who says that after three joint
>replacements, including both shoulders, "Now I can swing a wicket ball bat."
>In fact, there's a picture of her, and she actually does appear to be
>swinging a bat, but the angle of the picture is such that you can't see it
>at all.
>I don't know what to think of this, except that perhaps wicket ball has
>survived as a living fossil on the shores of Lake Havasu, like the monster
>in Loch Ness.  Here's the site.  Take a look for yourself.
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