The history of croquet is long and storied, going back to the Middle Ages. Today’s game of croquet was introduced to England in 1852 by Ireland who called it “crooky”. The game’s popularity spread and became a primary social activity of England’s “leisure class” by 1860.
The game’s popularity spread around the world and was an event in the 1900 and 1904 Olympics. As lawn tennis grew croquet’s favor diminished. Croquet is still a professional sport in several countries and international tournaments are held every four years. Believe it or not the US team is very competitive.
If you’re interested, I still have a set collecting dust in my garage.
Thought for the Day: After the game the king and pawn go into the same box.