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WASHINGTON, CT -31 July 2004 - 073104TH03 -  The Gunn Historical Museum sponsored the first game of Town Ball, the precursor to present day baseball, on the Washington Green Saturday afternoon.  The ball is rag-filled, leather-covered, hand-stiched, making it softer than a present day baseball, which allows the players to throw it at a runner to get them out.    Todd Hougas photo.