Clipping:How the game is played on ice

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Date Thursday, January 2, 1868

Playing base ball on the ice differs from the field game in regard to the form of the bas and the method of running them. The ordinary rules governing the batsman and the pitcher, too, are not so strictly observed as in the field game, the impossibility of obtaining a good footing making the operation of pitching and batting rather difficult. In running the bases in a game on the ice on skates, all that is necessary for the base runner to do is to cross the line of the position, after which he cannot be put out until he has returned to the base, and again leaves it. In order, too, to make the succeeding base, he must cross the base line in starting from the base he leaves a well as the line of the base he runs for.

The base lines are laid down on the ice so as to enclose a space of three feet square, each line being marked at right angles to the base lines from base to base, and three feet from each side thereof. This space forms the base, and within this space the base players must have some part of his person when he holds the ball, in order to put a player out. The base runner makes his base if he crosses the line of the base before being touched, or before the ball is held on the base. After hitting a ball on which the batsman can only make one base, he should start from the home base so as to turn to the right in crossing the lines of the base; but in cases where his hit entitles him to two or more bases, then he should start so as to turn to the left. Until he has returned and occupied a base after crossing the line in making it, he cannot be put out.

Were the regular bases used in games on the ice and the rules of the field game observed, the effort of players to stop suddenly would lead to severe falls, and, therefore, the extended lines of bases are used, and the rules changed to conform to the new line. In match games on the ice ten men are usually selected, the tenth man playing at the right short field. Five innings only are generally played. The bound game is played, as bound catches are difficult on the ice.

Source American Chronicle of Sports and Pastimes
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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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