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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sampson Simpson View Post
    Have you watched Ken Burns Baseball?
    It's excellent!
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    1880's, the batter stepped up to the plate and made his preference known to the umpire if he wanted a low or high pitch. The umpire then notified the pitcher who was instructed to throw just that type of pitch. The batter was not allowed to change his preference after the first pitch was thrown.
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    3) Catching a ground ball off its first bounce used to be an out.
    Even after this rule was changed, for awhile one bounce catches of foul balls were still outs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boontito View Post
    1880's, the batter stepped up to the plate and made his preference known to the umpire if he wanted a low or high pitch. The umpire then notified the pitcher who was instructed to throw just that type of pitch. The batter was not allowed to change his preference after the first pitch was thrown.
    And at that time there were 9 balls before taking a walk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    And at that time there were 9 balls before taking a walk.
    Games would last 8 hours these days.

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    They used to give umpires a comfortable chair to sit in while they called balls, strikes, and outs from behind and off to the side of homeplate.

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    @kmiller1610 - You live on the wrong side of the country. These guys play today by 1886 rules:

    Bay Area Vintage Base Ball

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmiller1610 View Post
    Here's a picture of a ticket for the Magnolia ball event (1844). If you look carefully, you'll see posts rather than bases. One form of early ball was called Cat. One Cat was three players with one post (batter, hitter, fielder). Two Cat allowed for 2 posts and six players and so forth. Four Cat or Rounders (an English name) were early variants.

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    I was told by a few Englishman that "Rounders" was an offshoot of Baseball, I'm not sure if true but they thought so..
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    Quote Originally Posted by cable2 View Post
    I was told by a few Englishman that "Rounders" was an offshoot of Baseball, I'm not sure if true but they thought so..
    Rounders pre-dates baseball. If anything, baseball derives from Rounders.

    A baseball league was started in Britain in the early 20th century, but it didn't last.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Castaway View Post
    I believe baseball is the hardest sport. Yogi Berra said baseball is 90 % mental and the other half physical.
    Yeah, he's one of those intellectuals who loves numbers.....

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