Clipping:Overrunning first base 3

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Date Saturday, November 18, 1871

[discussing proposals for new rules] In regard to section 10, which refers to the new rule of overrunning the first base, a new wording is undoubtedly required. Indeed, the question has been discussed in reference to applying this rule to all the bases. Whatever may be the merit of this addition, there is no doubt of the fact that the rule should be worded as to require the base runner to return and re-touch the first base whenever he avails himself of the privilege of overrunning the base. The necessity of his doing this, in all fairness to the field, is this:–when he overruns first base he escapes being put out by being touched when off the base. Now if in so overruning the base he should turn to the left instead of keeping straight on in a line with the foul-ball post, he thereby gains ten or twenty feet on his way to second base; and in so doing, should the ball not be handled properly, his chances of reaching second base through the privilege of overruning first base would be in his favor in eight cases out of ten. It will therefore be seen that in such a case he would be given a double privilege. Now, by causing him to return and touch the base a second time, he is prevented from taking the unfair advantage of getting half way to second on the overrun. This is but an equitable offset for the privilege of escaping being put out while off his base. We would suggest, therefore, that the player, every time he chooses to avail himself of the privilege of overrunning the base, should be required to either turn to the right–his best plan–or to keep straight on, and in either case he must return and retouch the base; and his turning to the left should deprive him of the privilege of overrunning the base with impunity. The new rule has worked most advantageously in preventing sprained legs and ankles, and we question whether it would not be well to apply the rule to each base. New York Clipper November 18, 1871

The new Baltimore Club; the Newington grounds

The formation of a first class nine for the new Baltimore Base Ball Club is progressing favorably, and every effort is being made to present such an organization as will reflect credit on the city, and give an impetus hitherto unknown =in this vicinity to the great National sport. The players thus far engaged are Mills and Hall, formerly of the Washington Olympics, and in their respective positions of first baseman and centre fielder have no superiors in the fraternity. Matthews and Carey, of the Kekionga Club, well known as players of distinction. Radcliff, the short stop of the champion Athletics of Philadelphia, and Pike, of the Haymakers, one of the most powerful batters in the country, and a good general player. This leaves three yet to be engaged, and negotiations are now pending with several well known players, with a view of filling the vacancies. The capital stock of the club is being taken very readily. The par value of each share being fixed at $25, with five months to pay up in, makes it not burdensome, and places is within the reach of every lover of the game to give some support to the undertaking. The officers of the club are all well-known citizens, and are as follows. President, R. C. Hall, Esq., of the firm of Hall Bros. & Co. vice President, Captain N. S. Symington, of the firm of Davison, Symington & Co. Corresponding Secretary, [illegible initial] Dall, Esq. Recording Secretary, J. M.Uhthoff, Esq. Of the Monumental Cotton Press. Treasurer, Wm. J. Davison, Esq of the firm of William Davison & Co.; and Directors, Messrs. A. K. Fulton, American office; Wm. H. Shryock, of Wm. H. Shryock & Co., and A. H. Henderson, of the Baltimore post office.

The new base ball ground on Pennsylvania Avenue, on which the new club will play during the coming season, is being gradually put in proper order, and when completed will be one of the very finest in the country. The proper grading, which has been done at a very large outlay, renders the field nearly level, whilst the area of space covered is sufficiently large to give ample room to the players, and at the same time to afford room for thousands of spectators. Three covered stands are now completed, in which two thousands persons can find convenient seats and an excellent view of the entire field. The grand stand is a two-story structure, and is intended for the accommodation of the bondholders of the grounds, stockholders of the club, and members of the press. The club house is very large, and is fitted up with every convenience for the accommodation of the players, a separate apartment being reserved for the officers of the club, and when finished will be supplied with suitable carpeting and furniture. It only remains for the lovers of the game to give a liberal support to the enterprise, and Baltimore may fly the championship pennant for 1872. Baltimore American November 18, 1871

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