Clipping:The umpire standing behind the catcher

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Date Saturday, September 1, 1866
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[Mutual vs. Star 8/21/1866] A feature of the game was the excellent ruling of the umpire [John A. Lowell]. ... Especially was his ruling excellent when players were running their bases and the batsmen prone to be too particular in regard to the balls sent them. Mr. Lowell stood on a line behind the catcher so as to watch the pitching closely, and strike after strike was called when the ball pitched was a good one, though not struck at; the result was to improve the sight of the batsmen wonderfully and to render the playing of a waiting game impossible. Our umpires, one and all, are too easy in this respect, and allow the pitchers to do just what they like.

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

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