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Knickerbocker Rules Reflect Use of Pickoff Move

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"A runner cannot be put out in using all possible means of making one base, when a baulk is made by the pitcher."


Knickerbocker Rule #19, adopted September 23, 1845. Referenced in Peter Morris, A Game of Inches (2010), p. 14.


The presence of a balk rule in the original rules indicates that pitchers were using all possible means to prevent runners from moving from base to base.

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