Clipping:The umpire not calling balls and strikes strictly; high and low pitches

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Date Saturday, July 9, 1864

[Atlantic vs. Mutual 6/27/1864] Colonel Fitzgerald, of Philadelphia acted as Umpire, and did his duty creditably and impartially as far as his decision on points in the field were concerned, some of them being excellent, but owing to a natural feeling of hesitation likely to characterize the action of any one placed in the position he was, he failed to exact a strict observance of the sixth section of the rules, and thereby permitted the pitchers to indulge too much in the last year’s style of delivery. Umpires should remember that the soon they define this rule uniformly, the better, as they will thereby rid themselves of much of the responsibility that will otherwise attach to them. Let it be understood that every time a pitcher sends in a ball out of the reach of the batsman, he will have balls called him, and make it a rule to inflect the penalty promptly every time the rule is infringed, and truer pitching will certainly follow. There is no doubt whatever, that every ball pitched on the side opposite to that the batsman strikes from, every ball touching the ground before passing the home base, and every one out of the reach of the length of his bat, over his head, or on the side he strikes from, are unquestionably unfair balls, to say nothing of those that are pitched close to him, and too high or too low for his style of batting.

Source New York Clipper
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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