Clipping:Proposal for a stronger balk rule

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Date Monday, November 3, 1884
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[discussing proposed rules changes] ...defining the balk motion of the pitcher more decidedly and clearly. During the past season this evil has grown until nearly every pitcher in the association made dead balls in throwing to first. The consequence was the inability of a base-runner to “take ground,” and an almost total destruction of base-running. It is becoming pretty well understood among base-ball managers that the pitcher must be restrained in more ways than one, or base ball excitement will be wiped out. The fielder, batter, and base-runner must be encouraged, so that the pitcher will not be the only man of not in a team. St., quoting the Cincinnati Commercial-Gazette

Source St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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