First Known Deliberate Bunts

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Date Thursday, September 15, 1864
Location Brooklyn, NY, United States
Description

"EXCELSIOR VS. ENTERPRISE.-- The "muffins" of these clubs played their return game yesterday on the Excelsior grounds...The feature of the play was the batting of Prof. Bassler of the Enterprise team...Being an original of the first water, he adopted an original theory in reference to batting, which we are obliged to confess is not of the most striking character. His idea is not a bad one though, it being to hit the ball slightly so as to have it drop near the home base, therefore necessitating the employment of considerable skill on the part of the pitcher to get at the ball, pick it up and throw it accurately to first base."

Sources

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sept. 16, 1864

Submitted by Bob Tholkes
Submission Note 5/7/2014

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