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The Dart League King

A Novel

By Keith L. Morris

The Dart League King
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  • Hardcover: Oct 2008,
    210 pages.
    Paperback: Oct 2008,
    210 pages.

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A Short History of Darts

The origin of the game of darts is lost in the mists of time. The game is known to have been played since at least the Middle Ages in England, but it seems likely that bored soldiers lounging around the campsite have probably been throwing arrows at targets for much longer. In fact, it doesn't take much imagination to trace the origins much further back - to the first day that one of our distant ancestors picked up a stone and lobbed it at a passing meal and, on missing, decided to hone his skills throwing at a target.

Early darts boards were probably whatever came to hand, with wine barrels being popular, as the cork bung in the center provided a convenient target. Later, cross-sections of tree trunks were used - the growth rings and cracks in the wood providing circular and radial divisions within the target (the current system of numbers wasn't standardized until the early 20th century). At some point, the game moved indoors, ...

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