Clipping:Touching the base with the ball not an out

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Date Saturday, June 2, 1860

[from Answers to Correspondents] If a fielder on the 1st base should stop a ball from the striker, and merely reach forward and touch the base with the ball, without touching the base with his hand or some part of his person at the same time, and the striker should reach the base before the baseman did so touch the base, with the ball in hand, the striker would not be out, as the law expressly requires that the ball must be held by the base man, with some part of his person on the base at the time of holding the ball, otherwise the striker cannot be put out. In such cases, run to the base with the ball in hand, and place your foot on it. It is useless touching the base with the ball unless you at the same time touch the base with your hands.

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


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