Clipping:No backstop on the Harlem grounds

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Date Sunday, August 18, 1861
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[Eckford vs. Harlem 8/15/1861] The peculiarities of the Harlem ground, on which there is no stop-fence back of the catcher’s position, and which afford unbounded limit to a ball that happens to pass the catcher, tended to much loss of time, particularly during the early part of the game, while McKellar and Beach acted as catchers. Almost every third or fourth ball pitched went past the catcher, when the bases were unoccupied, and not a few were pitched over and beyond the reach of the catchers. Nothing is gained by permitting the ball to have so much scope behind the catcher, and much time is unnecessarily lost.

Source New York Sunday Mercury
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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