Clipping:Shouting to confuse the fielders

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Date Saturday, August 20, 1881

Twice on Wednesday when Reilly and Bennett were both running for a foul fly, he [George W. Bradley] shouted for them, at the critical moment: “Look out! You'll run together!” with the clearly evident intention of making both runners stop, so that the ball could safely reach the ground. On Thursday when Bennett and Derby were running for a popped-up fly in front of the plate, at the moment when to hesitate was to lose, Bradley and Shaffer shouted, the one “Bennett!” and the other “Derby! with the intention of confusing them as to which should catcher the ball, the usual result being that there is a collision, and neither secures the sphere. Fortunately Derby and Bennett are too old to be caught with this stale trick.

Source Detroit Free Press
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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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