Doing some research the other day, I came across this drawing in the San Francisco Chronicle, 10 January 1897:
It appears Push Ball was the next big thing…maybe the first extreme sport! The shere was 6 feet in diameter. The two teams push the ball around, against each other. It is unclear if they are heading for a goal or just pushed it around. Perhaps it was like tug o’ war only with a ball. Whoevers team mate get rolled over, lose? LOL The author of the articles does gives much for the fans to look forward with his description of push ball: “the play itself is a rhapsodial spasm of physical activity”.
I don’t think it’s any wonder that we are not playing push ball today.
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