Clipping:Block ball rule

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Date Saturday, December 10, 1881

In the section on definitions, the new term, “block,” is defined to be a batted or thrown ball stopped or handled by anyone not engaged in the game. This has been variously ruled on by umpires. The new rule provides that in case of a “block” base-runners may run at will, and that the ball shall be returned to the pitcher in his position before a runner can be put out. In the article on umpires, it is made the duty of the umpire, if an outsider in such case willfully delays the return of the ball, to designate the base to which the runner is entitled.

Source Detroit Free Press
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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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