Clipping:Umpire too lenient about calling balls

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Date Thursday, June 16, 1864
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[Eureka vs. Empire 6/15/1864] The decisions of the Umpire in this match were admirable, and he had several close points to deal with. In reference to rule six, however, he was far too indulgent with the pitchers.

There is but one rule to adopt in defining the sixth section of the rules, and that is, for the Umpire to call balls on the pitcher–after due warning of course–every time he delivers a ball that is out of the fair reach of the batsman. When pitchers know that every time they pitch an unfair ball they will have balls called on them, they will be careful to avoid the penalty.

Source Brooklyn Eagle
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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