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NY Rules Now Specify Pitching Distance "Not Less Than 15 yards;" Ball Specs Defined
|Tags||Post-Knickerbocker Rule ChangesPost-Knickerbocker Rule Changes|
|Location||Greater New York CityGreater New York City|
|City/State/Country:||NYC, NY, United States|
|Game||Base BallBase Ball|
|Immediacy of Report||Contemporary|
|Age of Players||AdultAdult|
[A] Pitching. The New York Game rules now specify the distance from the pitcher's point to home base as "not less than fifteen yards."
Sullivan writes: "In 1854 a revised version of the original Knickerbocker rules was approved by a small committee of NY baseball officials, including Dr. [Doc] Adams. This document describes the first known meeting of baseball club representatives. Three years later, a much larger convention would result in the NABBP."
The point of the meeting was for the Knickerbockers, Gotham, and Eagle Clubs to adopt and use the same rules.
[B] The Ball. The joint rules committee, convening at Smith's Tavern, New York, increased the weight of the ball to 5½ to 6 ounces and the diameter to 2¾ to 3½ inches, (corresponding to a circumference varying from 8 5/8 to 11 inches).
The rules standardization was announced in the New York Sunday Mercury, April 2, 1854.
[A] The 17 playing rules [the 1845 rules number 14] are reprinted in Dean A. Sullivan, Compiler and Editor, Early Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1825-1908 [University of Nebraska Press, 1995], pp. 18-19.
[B] Peverelly, 1866, Book of American Pastimes, pp. 346 - 348. Submitted by Rob Loeffler, 3/1/07. See "The Evolution of the Baseball Up to 1872," March 2007.
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Do we know what pitching distance was used in games played before 1854?
Is it seen as coincidental that the specifications of a base ball were so close to those of a cricket ball?Edit with form to add a query
|Submitted by||Rob Loeffler|
|Submission Note||March1, 2007|
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