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.>> No, but I've got a book of sports rules that includes a game called

I, for one, wouldn't doubt you for a minute. (Besides, it's in Google. )

When I wrote "field hockey on ice", I looked at it and said "Some smart alec is going to say 'Isn't that called "ice hockey"?'"(1) (1) There's a string of punctuation you don't get to use every day.

Impressive, and not at all contrived.
But back to "bandy". I have a feeling that at a time when lawn tennis was regarded as a rather girly game, it was sometimes called "bandy-ball" by Real Men. I can't remember an authority for this impression; but I see that OED1 has "bandy-ball" only as a synonym for "hockey" (original hockey, not the ice version). Further to this, in India etc they still seem to use "hockey" for "hockey-stick" as well as the game: OED1 says this is a USism, though I don't quite believe it. Under "hockey", it also gives "bandy" as the name of the game; and very strangely says "shinty" is a synonym, which may have been true at the time, but it certainly isn't now.

Earnest enquirers note that where OED says "tennis" under "bandy", it must be referring to "real tennis", not lawn tennis.

Another unsupported memory tells me golf was once called "randy-ball", but it isn't in OED1. (I really must upgrade.)

And, yes, a bantam fowl is often called a "banty" in Britain and, ISTR, Ireland. "They lay a heap of eggs", I was told by an old Irish farmer (who, I later learnt, had offered our parents money to adopt my admittedly charming younger brother).
Mike.
Earnest enquirers note that where OED says "tennis" under "bandy", it must be referring to "real tennis", not lawn tennis.

Legs? Isn't anyone going to bandy 'legs'?
Another unsupported memory tells me golf was once called "randy-ball", but it isn't in OED1. (I really must upgrade.) And, ... an old Irish farmer (who, I later learnt, had offered our parents money to adopt my admittedly charming younger brother).

But strangely OED online has no mention of 'banty' as a word (other than the name of a quoted author) at all.
Mike Page
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