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Eric Enders, researcher, Baseball room of Fame: No. Why? Rules. What rules? Baseball"s rules. Oh, them.

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There room 23 legal means to gain to first. Do tell. Walk, intended walk, fight by pitch, dropped third strike, failure to deliver pitch in ~ 20 seconds, catcher interference, fielder interference, spectator interference, fan obstruction ... isn"t that ... Fair round hits umpire, fair ball hits runner, fielder obstructs runner, pinch-runner, fielder"s choice, pressure out at one more base ... aren"t those ... Coming before runner put-out enables batter to with first, sac bunt falls short to breakthrough runner, sac paris dropped, runner dubbed out on very nice one ... wait, which ... Error, 4 illegal pitches, and if a game is suspended v a runner on very first and that player is traded before the makeup, an additional player deserve to take his place. That"s only 22. Oh, right. Single. Borrring. john Thorn, co-editor, total Baseball: 2 players stole first, Germany Schaefer in 1907 and also Fred Tenney roughly 1900, however they did that from second. The idea to be to induce a litter so the jogger on 3rd could score. Tricky. i suppose, but it didn"t work. And now it"s illegal. Pity. girlfriend know, Ned Cuthbert that the Philadelphia Keystones developed the stolen basic in 1865. Rapscallion. Baseball was generally intended come provoke mirth. Verily. The main amusement was no to hit lusty blows, yet the exposition the spry fielding and also nimble baserunning. Huzzah! So credit for a steal was based on pluck, like taking an extra base or stretching a single. Good show! It"s likewise likely the term "stealing" wasn"t corresponded to larceny, yet was akin to "stealing away," as in taken v guile or subterfuge. Good ol" derring-do.

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