Clipping:Bases on balls no longer in the error column

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Date Wednesday, July 4, 1888

[a circular dated June 27] The joint committee on playing rules have, by unanimous consent, amended paragraph 8, of joint rule 65, by inserting after the words 'wild pitches' the words 'bases on balls.' The effect of this amendment is to take out of the error column 'bases on balls,' and leave the latter to be included in the summary, as prescribed by rule 66. This is only carrying out the committee's original intention of so classifying 'bases on balls,' for when, last March, in new York, paragraph 7 was amended by adding that 'bases on balls, though summarized as errors, shall be credited as factors in earned runs,' the committee overlooked the fact that paragraph 8 did not mention 'bases on balls' in the exceptions excluded from the 'error column.' Hence the present amendment is merely meant to correct a manifest error and cannot be cited as a precedent for a material change in the Playing Rules in the middle of a championship season. By order of the Joint Committee on Rules, Zack Phelps, Chairman.

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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