Clipping:Explaining the new pitching rule

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Date Sunday, March 20, 1887
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The new pitching rules are still misunderstood by many, and numerous ideas prevail as to the proper position. The general impression is that the pitcher must keep both feet on the ground the moment he takes position, and until he delivers the ball. This is erroneous, because the rule gives him the privilege of a step forward... The step is not limited, and if the pitcher cares to go to the limit of the box, he can do so. ... The ball has to be held in plain view of the umpires; then the preliminary arm motion is brought into play, and as the ball is delivered the step... is taken. After the delivery of the ball the pitcher can move anywhere in the box, or even out of it.

Source Baltimore American
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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