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  1. This and the other turn of that century baseball game recap writing that Dayn unearthed is just spectacular.

    It seems like bunting had also been outlawed based on this excerpt: “Latham and Robinson tried to bunt the ball, which is against the rules, but strikes were promptly called on them by the umpire.”.

    Comment by reillocity — August 21, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

  2. No words could properly convey my delight and interest in these unique tidbits. I love your site for so many reasons, but this story is gold (to steal a line from Kenny Bania).

    More, more, more!!

    Comment by Dave — August 21, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

  3. To my dismay, I found none of these images to be embigginable by means of a click.

    Comment by Michael — August 21, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

  4. I understood everything, except this…
    Calling for high and low pitches was abolished.

    Comment by nu?! bully baroooooo — August 23, 2012 @ 1:27 am

  5. I wonder if there’s ever actually been a successful big leaguer who specialized in being hit by pitches…?

    Comment by Ruki Motomiya — August 23, 2012 @ 10:09 am

  6. Craig Biggio retired after being only 2 HBP away from the record with 285. He lead the league 5 times.

    That 285 number is insanely high, only 21 MLB players in history ever topped 150 HBP and only 7 players have topped 200.

    The true HBP legend is Ron Hunt, who was plunked an astounding 50 times in 1971 and led the league in the stat for seven consecutive years from 68-74. He finished with 243 HBP and surely would have broken the record if he lasted longer than his 12 years in the league.

    Comment by Mac — August 23, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

  7. Back in the OG days of baseball a battsmen could call for “high” or “low” strikes from a pitcher. This then made the “strike zone” either above or below the waist.

    So if the batter called “high strikes” anything below the belt would be a ball and vice versa.

    Comment by WilJ — August 24, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

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