Clipping:Condemnation to scoring a hit on a base on balls

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Date Sunday, April 10, 1887

[from the Boston correspondent] The great objection to this rule is the gross deception that it entails in the score. The score is arranged for the convenience of the public, that it may see as nearly as possible, and as correctly, just how the game was played and what each man did. If a man is credited in the score with making three hits, in order to see just what he actually did, the reader must consult the summary and subtract the number of times he got his base on balls to get at the real batting. Take that Athletic player who in one week this season led his nine in batting, having made four base hits according to the score, but in reality he didn’t make any hits in the wek but got his base four times on balls. How ridiculous! It is a shame that the public is compelled to submit to such an imposition.

Take the case of Clare, of the Boston Blues, in last Tuesday’s Newark game. The score credits the Newarks with making 23 hits off Clare, and gives the impression that he was unmercifully pounded. The truth is that he gave ten men their bas on balls, and that only 13 hits were made instead of 23. It is not just and fair to the pitcher or to the public to have this rule continue.

Source Philadelphia Times
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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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