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Dead Ball Adopted

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Tags Post-Knickerbocker Rule Changes
City/State/Country: United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

On November 30, 1870, the National Association of Base Ball Players reduced the amount of rubber permitted in base balls to one ounce, effectively inaugurating a "dead" ball. Balls had previously contained as much as 2 1/2 ounces.


Peter Morris, A Game of Inches, 2005, p.37


Critics of the game had long insisted that low-scoring games were indicated play of higher quality.

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Submission Note 3/30/2015


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