Clipping:Live and dead balls

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Date Saturday, May 23, 1874
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[Boston vs. Atlantic 5/15/1874] The champions presented the same nine as in the game of Thursday, but a non-elastic ball was used, and they showed a marked improvement in fielding. The rules cannot govern this point of dead and lively balls more than they do. Both are made with the same materials, viz., one ounce of moulded rubber, covered with woolen yarn, and a leather out covering; but a dead ball is not would so tightly as a lively one, and poor fielding nines generally prefer lively balls.

Source New York Clipper
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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