Clipping:A proposal to move the pitcher back; overrun second base

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Date Thursday, August 30, 1888
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Thei dea of putting the pitcher back five feet is meeting with considerable approval among the star ball players and managers. The earnest supporters of it are represented by Harry Wright, John Clarkson, and Mike Kelly. They hold that the people who witness the game desire lots of hitting. Radbourn of Boston does not favor the idea, and claims that the pitcher should be forty-five feet from the plate. He claims that the ball cranks would rather see small scores and batters strike out with men on bases than hard hitting. Harry Wright also claims that a base runner ought to be allowed to run over second as he does over first base. These two ideas will be brought up in the fall meeting of the League.

Source Chicago Tribune
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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