Clipping:A borderline infield fly

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Date Saturday, July 24, 1869
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[Eckford vs. Irvington 7/23/1869] Wood [second baseman] in attempting to make a double play, took the ball on the fly, guided it a short distance toward the ground, and then clutching it as it rebounded and throwing to Hodes [short stop], who in turn threw it to Allison [first baseman], succeeded in “heading off” two men. The umpire decided both men out. This, of course, is in compliance with the law, but to a certain extent only, as it was questionable whether Mr. Wood did not actually hold the ball. The point is perfectly legitimate, but it is one which should require the greatest nicety to be kept strictly within the law.

Source New York Herald
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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