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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 space 23 legal methods to get to first. Do tell. Walk, intended walk, hit by pitch, dropped third strike, fail to supply pitch in ~ 20 seconds, catcher interference, fielder interference, spectator interference, pan obstruction ... isn"t that ... Fair ball hits umpire, fair round 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 fails to development runner, sac paris dropped, runner dubbed out on very nice one ... wait, which ... Error, four illegal pitches, and if a video game is suspended v a runner on very first and that player is traded prior to the makeup, one more player can take his place. That"s just 22. Oh, right. Single. Borrring. john Thorn, co-editor, total Baseball: two players stole first, Germany Schaefer in 1907 and Fred Tenney around 1900, but they did it from second. The idea was to induce a litter so the runner on 3rd could score. Tricky. ns suppose, yet it didn"t work. And now it"s illegal. Pity. you know, Ned Cuthbert the the Philadelphia Keystones created the stolen basic in 1865. Rapscallion. Baseball was primarily intended come provoke mirth. Verily. The main amusement was no to hit lusty blows, however the exposition that spry fielding and also nimble baserunning. Huzzah! So credit transaction for a stealing was based upon pluck, choose taking one extra base or extending a single. Good show! It"s additionally likely the hatchet "stealing" wasn"t related to larceny, however was akin come "stealing away," as in taken with guile or subterfuge. Good ol" derring-do.

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