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Deliberate Bad Pitches Noted

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Base Ball Stratagems
City/State/Country: Boston, MA, United States
Game Round Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult
Text

In the game of round ball or Massachusetts ball between the Bay State and Olympic Clubs, the Bay States had "very low balls given them, while those they gave were swift and of the right height." 

Sources

Spirit of the Times, May 30, 1857.

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The tactic of trying to get batters to chase bad pitches probably is as old as competitive pitching, but is not previously documented.

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Submitted by Bob Tholkes,
Submission Note 4/2/2015



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