Clipping:Assessment of the new rules; proposal for eleven on a side

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Date Saturday, March 13, 1858

Some of the rules [from the 1857 convention] are said to be especially unpopular with the tyros–that of giving more than one man out, if the second man is not protected back to his base.  This rule of the game has proven rather sharp practice, as the lawyers for the youngsters, and they don’t like it.  Another, which is to be taken up for discussion is, that a player can only be caught out by a fair ball on the fly.  The rule which determines the game by innings, works well, and will be retained, and a strong effort will be made to have eleven fielders on each side.  We expect that all these important questions will receive due consideration at the hands of the Second Convention of Ball-players.

Source Porter's Spirit of the Times
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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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