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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Part IV of History of Infield Fly Rule

The Dark Ages
by Tony D’Amato

We skip over the Roman period which was only noteworthy for two things: the failure of the Roman sports announcers to figure out whether to call the game in the accusative or dative, and the record achieved by DiMaggius who hit safely in LV straight games in the Colosseum.

Baseball went into relative decline during the Dark Ages due to a shortage of playing time. Numerous wooden mechanical pitching machines that had been used in batting practice were requisitioned for pitching tar at castle walls. Nevertheless, this dull era produced one bright moment: the invention of the balk. Under this new rule, if the pitcher balks, the runner on first is awarded second base. Then, according to custom, the runner takes it home and carefully mounts it on his living room wall.

Earlier posts:
Part I
Part II
Part III

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