Clipping:Bases batted in?; proto-fielders choice

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Date Saturday, December 30, 1876
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[from a discussion of the new scoring rules] In the fourth column [of the official score] should be placed to the credit of each player the total bases made off his hits. The unit, or base, consists in getting from any one base to any other base without being put out, and the striker is to be credited, not only with the number of bases which he himself makes after a hit, but in addition with those safely made by every other player who is on base at the time he runs towards first. It should be understood that a base or base made off an error of a fielder count towards the score of the player who ran from home-base towards first base when the error was made. All the bases made off such error, whether by the striker or by some other player then on base, shall go to the credit of the striker. The striker shall be credited with a base when he is sent to base on called balls, and, in addition, with all the bases made by other players who may be advanced on the play under the rules.

A base or bases shall be given to the runner for a successful steal, whether made on an error of his opponents or without error.

Bases shall not be given to a striker when any player other than himself shall be put out on his strike.

We beg to differ in regard to the utility of the rules devoted to a record of total bases. We cannot see that it gives due credit to the right man. The idea of giving the credit of a base to a batsman which is obtained by an error is new. The score of a professional game should indicate as concisely as possible what each player of each of the contesting nines did or did not do towards achieving a victory. To do this in its full extent requires the space of a club score-book. But to present a table for newspaper publication, all that is requisite is to show the number of times each player went to the bat, the number of clean base-hits he made, the number of bases he earned by good running, the total runs he scored, the number of times he put out players or assisted to put them out—achievements of equal merit—and the total fielding errors he committed.

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

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