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In NYC - Did "Plugging" Actually Persist to the mid-1850s?
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John Thorn feels that "while the Knick rules of September 23, 1845 (and, by William R. Wheaton's report in 1887, the Gothams practice in the 1830s and 1840s) outlawed plugging/soaking a runner in order to retire him, other area clubs were slow to pick up the point."
"The Gotham and the Eagle adopted the Knick rules by 1854 . . . but other
Henry Chadwick, letter to the editor, New York Sun, May 14, 1905. See also John Thorn, Baseball in the Garden of Eden (Simon and Schuster, 2011), page 112.
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We invite further discussion on this point. The text of the Wheaton letter is found at entry #1837.1 above.Edit with form to add a query
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