Clipping:Hints to umpires, runners given the benefit of the doubt

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Date Saturday, March 12, 1870

There are, of course, periods in the progress of a contest when the movements of the players are so rapid, and when, perhaps, appeals are made on several points at once, when an umpire is likely to become confused; and when this happens to be the case, be careful to avoid deciding a player out on a doubtful point. The players on the “in” side may be regarded as prisoners at the bar in jury trials, and, as such are to be given all the benefit of a doubt and must be proved guilty before being punished. In the game a player must be plainly out, or he should be decided in.

Source National Chronicle
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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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