Clipping:Duties of the short stop

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Date Saturday, December 26, 1857
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The short stop duties are to stop all balls from the bat that come within his reach, and throw them to whatever base the batsman may be striving to make (probably the first), to assist the pitcher, and, should occasion require, to cover in behind the third base when the catcher throws to it; also the second and third, when the ball comes in from the field.

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

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