First Recorded Hidden Ball Trick

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Date October 1859
Location Brooklyn, NY, United States

"STAR (OF SOUTH BROOKLYN) VS. ATLANTIC (OF BEDFORD).-- ...Flannelly, the first striker, was put out on second base by a dodge on the part of Oliver, who made a feint to throw the ball, and had it hid under his arm, by which he caught Flannelly-- an operation, however, which we do not much admire."

The first known use of this stratagem, but apparently not original. Conceivably, it's use preceded the Knickerbocker rules.


New York Sunday Mercury, Oct. 23, 1859

Submitted by Bob Tholkes
Submission Note 4/5/2014


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