Clipping:The experiment with the umpire calling the game inside the diamond

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Date Monday, October 29, 1883
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[Buffalo vs. Cincinnati 10/20/1883] Gerhardt umpired from inside the diamond, and demonstrated that that system will never become practicable. It gave general dissatisfaction. He called one foul a strike, and a strike a foul, not being able to hear at the distance he stood from the batter. Jones [center field] complained that he at times could not see the batter because of Gerhardt and White both standing inside the diamond. By miscalling Corkhill's close two-bagger a foul when it struck fair, he deprived the Cincinnatis of two runs. There is no doubt about it, the system proved a failure.

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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