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Date Saturday, December 13, 1890

Indoor base ball has become all the rage in Chicago, New York, Brooklyn and Philadelphia, where the regimental armories give splendid opportunities for playing it.

The game as now played was invented by George W. Hancock and Augustus J. White of Chicago, in 1887.

Nearly all the elements that go to make the outdoor game interesting can be brought out in the indoor game, such as sliding to bases, live coaching and getting back at the umpire.

The game is played with a soft ball, somewhat larger than the regulation base ball. The bat, which resembles a billiard cue, must not be over 2 feet 9 inches in length, or about 1 foot shorter than the bat used in the regular game and 1 ¼ inches in diameter. Following are the rules that govern the game:

The pitcher's box shall be 6 feet long by 3 feet wide, and 22 feet from home base.

The bases shall be 27 feet apart.

Eight or nine men may play on a side.

Only shoes with rubber soles an be used.

Only straight arm pitching will be allowed.

A batted ball inside the foul line is fair.

A batted ball outside the foul line shall be foul.

Third strike caught is out.

A foul tip or fly caught is out.

Four unfairly pitched balls gives striker first base.

A pitched ball striking the batter is a deal ball, but does not give base.

A base runner must not leave his base when the ball is in the pitcher's hand.

A runner must not leave his base on a ball not struck until it has reached or passed the catcher.

A batted ball caught in rebounding from a wall is not out.

In overruning first base the runner may turn back either way.

If a batter purposely kicks a ball he has batted he is out.

If a ball rebounds and strikes a batter he is not out.

The game shall be judged by two umpires. The first will stand in centre field and give judgments on the second and third bases. The other shall stand behind the catcher and judge all points of the game. The two will change placed at the end of every inning. They must not be members of either club in the game.

The umpires shall be sole judges of the game. St. Louis Republic December 13, 1890

Syracuse and Rochester offer to exit the AA

[reporting an information meeting of AA magnates 12/11] Messrs. Frazer and Brinker [of the Syracuse and Rochester clubs] came prepared to make offers to withdraw from the Association circuit in order to allow stronger cities to be admitted. Mr. Frazer said he would get out for $8000 cash, and backed up this with the statement that as he had stood by the Association he thought it only fair that he should be so treated now that he was willing to abdicate in favor of somebody else. General Brinker fixed his price at $20,000 and used the same persuasive arguments, but it is thought that both gentlemen will be induced to vanish from the scene of action for about $5000 apiece. The Sporting Life December 13, 1890

The Texas League adopts a modified Millennium Plan; salary rates

[reporting the Texas League meeting of 12/1] The quota of each team was fixed at eleven men. The salaries were fixed as follows for each club:-- Three pitchers at $70--$210; two catchers at $70--$140; four infielders at $67.50--$270; two outfielders at $65--$130. Eleven men at $750.

C.P. Fegan and J. J. McCloskey were appointed a committee to receive names and engage all players for the Texas League, said players to receive salary at a rate not exceeding the above schedule of salaries.

When a complement of players has been secured there shall be a drawing of players to apportion to each club its quota of eleven men, said players to be classed according to their merit, that is, first-class pitchers, second-class pitchers, etc. The Sporting Life December 13, 1890

Source St. Louis Republic
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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