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For discussion. This is 1867. How do you interpret this. It will be a piece the Rules and Customs committee rolls out, but we would love to see where you guys are, and how you understand...so we can help explain it best. It can get tricky !!! Even if you dont play 1867, give it a go. It never hurts (much) to learn more years of play.
The player is in fair ground. Line drive, or fly ball, hits him in fair territory and ball lands foul on first bound. What say you ?
The player is in fair, but reaches his hand into foul territory to stop a ball, and the ball hits his hand and lands first in fair. What say you ?
Maybe in movement, you end up straddling the line, and the ball hits you on the fair ball side and bounds first in foul. What say you ?
Lets get a good discussion going. If you have citations to support your answer, please share. If not, then what makes you give the answer you did ?
#education #isstillfun
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Until the wording changed in 1877, it was never requisite for a player with control of the ball to maintain control after a touching the runner with the ball to put him out. As the rules and customs committee states it..

"Any player running the bases is out, if at any time he is touched by the ball while in play in the hands of an adversary, without some part of his person being on a base.

If the fielder has the ball in his hand, and is in control of the ball, once he touches the runner the out is recorded, and anything that happens after that does not affect the call. Control of the ball after the tag is not necessary, and won’t become so until 1877. Thus, whether the defensive player holds or drops the ball on a tag is irrelevant, and there is never any reason for an intentional collision to try to knock the ball out of a player’s hands. "

Are you all playing this way, or do you have people screaming "he dropped the ball, he is safe !" at your matches ?

The key here is having control of the ball at the time the player is touched. if there is no control of the ball at that time, the runner would not be out. Umpires.. pay attention !

Due to this wording change in 1877, the 1878 season began a rash of runners trying to make contact with the basemen to dislodge the ball. Many stories exist, but one game played that year ended up with one player being put in jail !
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