Playing Rules of the American Association of Base Ball Clubs, 1884

 
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Source – Courtesy of Eric Miklich; 19c Base Ball

Adopted in Pursuance of Article IX of the American Association Constitution.

Class I. ‘The Materials of the Game.

Rule 1. The Ground must be an inclosed field, sufficient in size to enable each player to play in his position as required by these Rules.

Rule 2. The Infield must be a space of ground thirty yards square.

Rule 3. The Bases must be

(1)Four in number, and designated as First Base, Second Base, Third base, and Home Base.

(2)The Home Base must be of white marble or white stone, twelve inches square, so fixed in the ground as to be even with the surface, and so placed in a corner of the infield that two of its sides will form part of the boundaries of said infield.

(3)The First, Second and Third Bases must be canvas bags, fifteen inches square, painted white, and filled with some soft material, and so placed that the centre of each shall be upon a separate corner of the infield, the First Base at the right hand, the Second Base opposite, and the Third Base at the left of the Home Base.

(4)All the Bases must be securely fastened in their positions, and so placed as to be distinctly seen by the Umpire.

Rule 4. The Foul Lines must be drawn in straight lines from the outer corner of the Home Base through the center of the positions of the First and Third Bases, to the boundaries of the ground, and a line shall be laid down from First Base 45 feet in length towards the Home Base and three feet outside the Foul Lines.

Rule 5. The Pitcher’s Line must be straight lines forming the boundaries of a space of ground in the infield six feet long by four feet wide, distant fifty feet from the center of the Home Base, and so placed that the six feet lines would each be two feet distant from and parallel with a straight line passing through the centre of the Home Base and Second bases. Each corner of this space must be marked by a flat iron plate or stone six inches square, fixed in the ground even with the surface.

Rule 6. The Catcher’s Line must be drawn from the outer corner of the Home Base, in continuation of the Foul Lines, straight to the limits of the ground back of the home Base.

Rule 7. The Captain’s Lines must be drawn from the Catcher’s Lines to the Limits of the ground, fifteen feet from and parallel with the Foul Lines.

Rule 8. The Player’s Lines must be drawn from the Catcher’s lines to the Limits of the ground, fifty feet from and parallel with the Foul Lines.

Rule 9. The Batsman’s Lines must be straight lines forming the boundaries of a space on the right, and of a similar space on the left of the Home base, six feet long by three feet wide, extending three in front of and three feet behind the centre of the Home Base, and with its nearest line distant one foot from the Home Base.

Rule 10. The Lines designated in Rules, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 must be marked with chalk or other suitable material, so as to be distinctly seen by the Umpire. They must all be so marked their entire length, except the Captain’s and the Player’s Lines, which must be so marked for a distance of at least thirty-five yards from the Catcher’s Lines.

Rule 11. The Ball

(1)Must weigh not less than five nor more than five and a quarter ounces, avoirdupois. It must measure not less than nine nor more than nine and a quarter inches in circumference. It must be manufactured using the Patent Plastic Composition, under the specifications and proposition made by A.J. Reach, and adopted by the Association, and a ball made according to the specifications, and stamped, “American Association,” and guaranteed shall be the only ball lawful for use in all games in the American Association between American Association clubs; and further, that no other ball shall be legal during 1884, 1885, and 1886.

(2)Each ball to be used in championship games shall be examined, measured and weighed by the Secretary of the Association, enclosed in a paper box and sealed with the seal of the Secretary, which seal shall not be broken except by the umpire in the presence of the captains of the two contesting nines after play has been called.

(3)In all games the ball or balls played with shall be furnished by the home Club, and become the property of the winning club.

(4)Should the ball become out of shape, or cut, or ripped so as to expose the yarn, or in any way so injured as to be unfit for fair use, a new ball shall be called for by the umpire at the end of an even innings,

(5)Should the ball be lost during the game, the Umpire shall, at the expiration of five minutes, call for a new ball.

Rule 12. The Bat

(1) Must be made wholly of wood.

(2)It must be round; must not exceed two and one half inches in diameter in the thickest part, and must not exceed forty-two inches in length.

Class II. ‘Field Rules.

Rule 13. No Club shall allow open betting or pool selling upon its grounds, nor in any building owned or occupied by it.

Rule 14. No Person shall be allowed upon any part of the field during then process of the game, in addition to the players in uniform on each side, the umpire and a person to take charge of the bats of each club, and the managers, except such officers of the law as may be present in uniform to preserve the peace.

Rule 15. Players in uniform shall not be permitted to seat themselves among the spectators under a penalty of $5 for each offense.

Rule 16. Order During the Game.

(1)Every club is bound to maintain order on its own grounds and to protect the umpire and players from the insolence, insults, and aggravating remarks or actions of spectators.

(2)If at any time during the progress of a game any spectator uses loud, insolent, insulting or aggravating language toward any player, or by act or word, directly or indirectly purposely annoys or excites a player, the player may appeal to the umpire for protection, and it shall be the duty of the umpire to call time and notify such offender that he will be expelled from the ground if such offense is repeated. Should said warning not be heeded the umpire shall call upon the captain of the home club to compel the removal of such offender from the grounds, and if such offender be not so removed, the umpire may declare the game forfeited to the visiting club.

(3)The umpire shall in like manner have the power to protect himself and the dignity of his position from similar insults or annoyances. Every club shall be required to adopt a neat and attractive uniform for its players, and shall at all times be required to present the same upon the field in a clean and attractive condition.

Rule 17. Every Club shall furnish sufficient police force upon its own grounds to preserve order, and in the event of a crowd entering the field during the progress of a game, and interfering with the play in any manner, the visiting club may refuse to play further until the field be cleared, and if the ground be not cleared within fifteen minutes thereafter, the visiting club may claim, and shall be entitled to the game by a score of nine runs to none (no matter what number of innings have been played).

Class III. ‘The Players and Their Positions.

Rule 18. The Players of each club, in a match game, shall be nine in number, one of whom shall be the Captain.

Rule 19. The Player’s Position shall be

(1)When in the field (designated “Fielders” in these Rules) such as may be assigned them by their Captain, except that the Pitcher must take his position within the Pitcher’s Lines, as defined in Rule 5.

(2)When their side is at the bat they must remain outside the Player’s Lines, as defined in Rule 8, except that the Captain and one assistant only may occupy the space between said Players’ Lines and the Captain’s Lines, as defined in Rule 7, to coach base runners, and if any player, after being once warned by the umpire shall a second time during a game trespass within the player’s lines, he shall at the request of the Captain of the opposing side be fined $5, and for each succeeding offence of similar nature $10.

(3)The batsman must take their positions within the Batsman’s Lines, as defined in Rule 9, in the order in which they are named on the score, which must contain the batting order of both nines, and must be followed, except in case of disability of a player, in which case the substitute must take the place of the disabled player in the batting order.

(4)No player of the side at bat, except when a batsman, shall occupy any portion of the space within the Catcher’s Lines as defined in Rule 6.

Class IV. ‘Definitions.

Rule 20. A High Ball is a ball legally delivered by the Pitcher over the Home Base higher than the belt of the Batsman, but not higher than his shoulder.

Rule 21. A Low Ball is a ball legally delivered by the Pitcher over the Home Base not higher than the Batsman’s belt, nor lower than his knee.

Rule 22. A High or Low Ball is a ball legally delivered by the Pitcher over the Home Base not higher than the Batsman’s shoulder, nor lower than his knee.

Rule 23. A Fair Ball is a ball delivered by the Pitcher while wholly within the lines of his position (and this shall be held to include all preliminary motions in delivering the ball.) and facing the Batsman, with his hand passing below his shoulder, and the ball passing over he Home Base at the height called for by the Batsman.

Rule 24. An Unfair Ball is a ball delivered by the Pitcher, as in Rule 23, except that the ball does not pass over the Home Base, or does not pass over the Home Base at the height called for by a Batsman.

Rule 25. A Balk is

(1)A motion made by the Pitcher o deliver the ball to the bat without delivering it, except the ball be accidentally dropped, or

(2)The ball he held by the Pitcher so long as to delay the game unnecessarily, or

(3)Any motion to deliver the ball, or the delivering of the ball to the bat by the Pitcher when any part of his person is upon ground outside the lines of his position.

(4)When after being once warned by the Umpire, the Pitcher continues to deliver the ball with his hand passing above his shoulder.

Rule 26. A Dead Ball is a ball delivered to the bat by the Pitcher that touches the Batsman’s bat without being struck at, or any part of the Batsman’s person or clothing while standing in his position without being struck at, or any part of the Umpire’s person or clothing without first passing the Catcher.

Rule 27. A Fair Hit is a ball batted by the Batsman, standing in his position, that first touches the ground, the First Base, and the Third Base, the person of a player, or any other object, in front of or on either of the foul Lines, or (Exception) batted directly to the ground by the Batsman, standing in his position, that (whether it first touches Foul or Fair Ground) bounds or rolls within the Foul Lines, between Home and First or Home and Third Bases, without first touching the person of a player.

Rule 29. A Strike is

(1)A ball struck at by the Batsman without touching his bat, or

(2)A ball legally delivered by the Pitcher at the height called for by the batsman, and over the Home Base, but not struck at by the Batsman.

Rule 30. A Foul Strike is a ball batted by the Batsman when any part of his person is upon ground outside the lines of the Batsman position.

Rule 31. Play is the order of the Umpire to begin the game, or to resume play after its suspension.

Rule 32. Time is the order of the Umpire to suspend play. Such suspension must not extend beyond the day of the game.

Rule 33. Game is the announcement by the Umpire that the game is terminated.

Rule 34. An Inning is the turn at bat of the nine players representing a Club in a game, and is completed when three of such players have been put out as provided in these Rules.

Rule 35. A Time at Bat is the term at bat of a batsman. It begins when he takes his position, and continues until he is put out or becomes a base-runner.

Rule 36. Legal or Legally signifies as required by these Rules.

Class V. ‘The Game.

Rule 37. A Game shall consist of nine innings to each contesting nine, except that

(1)If the side first at bat scores less runs in nine innings than the other side has scored in eight innings, the game shall then terminate.

(2)If the side last at bat in the ninth innings scores the winning run before the third man is out, the game shall then terminate.

(3)If the score be a tie at the end of nine innings to each side, play shall only be continued until the side first at bat shall have scored one or more runs than the other side, in an equal number of innings, or until the other side shall score one more run than the side first at bat.

(4)If the Umpire calls “game” on account of darkness or rain at any time after five innings have been completed by both sides, the score shall be that of the last equal innings played, unless the side second at bat shall have scored one or more runs than the side first at bat, in which case the score of the game shall be the total numbers of runs made.

Rule 38. A Drawn Game shall be declared by the Umpire when he terminates a game on account of darkness or rain, after five equal innings have been played, if the score at the time is equal on the last even innings played; but (Exception) if the side that went second to bat is then at the bat, and has scored the same number of runs as the other side, the Umpire shall declare the game drawn, without regard to the score of the last equal innings. The score of every drawn game must be certified to the Secretary, and go upon the record of each player participating therein in the same manner as other championship games.

Rule 39. A Forfeited Game shall be declared by the Umpire in favor of the Club not in fault in the following cases:

(1)If the nine of a club fail to appear upon the field, or, being upon the Field, fail to begin the game within five minutes after the Umpire has called “Play” at the hour appointed for the beginning of the game, unless unavoidably prevented.

(2)If, after the game has begun, one side refuses or fails to continue playing, unless such game has been suspended or terminated by the Umpire.

(3)If, after play has been suspended by the Umpire, one side fails to resume playing within five minutes after the Umpire has called “Play.”

(4)If, in the opinion of the Umpire, any one of these Rules is willfully violated, except as provided for in Art. IX. Sec. 3. Constitution.

Rule 40. “No Game” shall be declared by the Umpire if he shall terminate play on account of rain or darkness before five innings on each side are completed.

Rule 41. A Substitute shall not be allowed to take the place of any player in a game unless such player be disabled in the game then being played, by reason of illness or injury.

Rule 42. The Choice of First Innings shall be determined by the two Captains.

Rule 43. The Umpire must call “Play” at the hour appointed for beginning a game. The game must begin when the Umpire calls “Play.” When he calls “Time” play shall be suspended until he calls “Play” again, and during the interim no player shall be put out, base be run, or run be scored. The Umpire shall suspend play only for an accident to himself or a player, or in case rain falls so heavily that the spectators are compelled by the severity of the storm to seek shelter, in which case he shall note the time of suspension, and should such rain continue to fall thirty minutes thereafter he shall terminate the game. The Umpire shall also declare every “dead ball,” “foul hit,” “foul strike,” and “balk.”

Rule 44. The Batsman, on taking his position, must call for a “high ball,” a “low ball,” or a “high or low ball,” and the Umpire shall notify the Pitcher to deliver the ball as required; such call shall not be changed after the first ball delivered. The Umpire shall count and call every “unfair ball” delivered by the Pitcher, and every “dead ball” if also an “unfair ball,” as a “ball;” and he shall also count and call every “strike.” Neither a “ball” nor a “strike” shall be called or counted until the ball has passed the Home Base.

Rule 45. The Batsman is out

(1)If he fails to take his position at the bat in his order of batting, unless the error be discovered and the proper Batsman take his position before a fair hit has been made.

(2)If he fails to take his position within one minute after the Umpire has called for the Batsman.

(3)If he makes a foul hit and the ball be momentarily held by a fielder before touching the ground, or after touching the ground but once, provided it be not caught in a fielder’s hat or cap, or touch some object other than the fielder before touching the ground, or before being caught.

(4)If he makes a foul strike.

(5)If he plainly attempts to hinder the Catcher from catching the ball, evidently without effort to make a fair hit.

Rule 46. The batsman becomes a Base-Runner

(1)When he makes a fair hit.

(2)When seven balls have been called by the Umpire.

(3)When three strikes have been declared by the Umpire.

(4)When a balk has been called by the Umpire.

(5)When he is given his base as provided in Sec 8., Rule 48.

Rule 47. The Base-Runner must touch each Base in regular order, Viz. First, Second, Third, and Home Bases, and when obliged to return, must retouch the base or bases in reverse order. He shall only be considered as holding a base after touching it, and shall then be entitled to hold such base until he has legally touched the next base in order, or has been legally forced to vacate it for a succeeding Bass-Runner.

Rule 48. The Base-Runner shall be entitled, without being putout, to take one Base, provided he do so on the run, in the following cases:

(1)If, while he was a Batsman, the Umpire called seven balls.

(2)If the Umpire awards a succeeding batsman a base on seven balls, and the Base-Runner is thereby forced to vacate the base held by him.

(3)If the Umpire calls a Balk.

(4)If a ball delivered by the Pitcher pass the catcher and touch any fence or building within ninety feet of the Home Base.

(5)If he be prevented from making a base by the obstruction of an adversary.

(6)If a fielder stop or catch a batted ball with his hat or any part of his dress.

(7)If a batted or thrown ball be stopped by any person not engaged in the game, and, in such case, the ball shall not be considered in play until it is held by the Pitcher standing in his position.

(8)If a Batsman be solidly hit by a ball from the Pitcher when he evidently cannot avoid the same, he shall be given his base by the umpire as a penalty.

Rule 49. The Base-Runner shall not have a substitute run for him, except in case of an accident during the game being played, if the contending club consents thereto.

Rule 50. The Base-Runner is out

(1)If having made a fair hit while Batsman, such fair hit ball be momentarily held by a Fielder, before touching the ground or any object other than a Fielder, provided it be not caught in the Fielder’s hat or cap.

(2)If, when the Umpire has declared three strikes on him while batsman, the third strike ball be momentarily held by a Fielder before touching the ground; provided it be not caught in a Fielder’s hat or cap, or touch some object other than a Fielder before being caught.

(3)If, after three strikes or a fair hit, he be touched with the ball in the hand of a Fielder before such Base-Runner touches First base.

(4)If, after three strikes or a fair hit, the ball be securely held by a Fielder, while touching First Base with any part of his person, before such Base Runner touches First Base.

(5)If, after seven balls, or a fair hit, he fails to run to First Base.

(6)If, in running to First Base, he runs inside the Foul Line, or more than three feet outside of it, except that he must do so if necessary to avoid a Fielder attempting to field a batted ball, and in such case shall not be declared out.

(7)If, in running from First to Second Base, from Second to Third base, or from Third to Home Base, he runs more than three feet from a direct line between such bases to avoid being touched by the ball, in the hands of a Fielder; but in case a fielder be occupying the Base Runner’s proper path, attempting to field a batted ball, then the base Runner shall run out of the path and behind said Fielder, and shall not be declared out for doing so.

(8)If he fails to avoid a Fielder attempting to field a batted ball, in the manner prescribed in (6) and (7) of this Rule, or if he, in any way, obstructs a Fielder, attempting to field a batted ball.

(9)If, at any time while the ball is in play, he be touched by the ball in the hand of a Fielder, unless some part of his person is touching a base he is entitled to occupy, provided the ball be held by the Fielder after touching him; but (exception as to First Base) in running to First Base he may over-run said base without being put out for being off said base, after first touching it, provided he returns at once and retouches the base, after which he may be put out as at any other base. If, in over-running First Base, he also attempts to run to Second Base, or after passing the base he turns to his left from the foul line, he shall forfeit such exemption from being put out.

(10) If, when a Fair or Foul Hit ball is legally caught by a Fielder before it touches the ground, such ball is legally held by a Fielder on the base occupied by the Base-Runner when such ball was struck (or the Base-Runner be touched with the ball in the hand of a Fielder), before he retouches said base after such Fair or Foul hit ball was caught; provided, That the Base-Runner shall not be out in such case, if, after the ball was legally caught as above, it be delivered to the bat by the Pitcher either legally or illegally before the Fielder holds it on the said base, or touches the Base-Runner with it.

(11) If, when the ball, from a Foul Hit, has struck the ground before being caught, or the Batsman has made a Foul Strike, the Base Runner does not return to his base, and in so returning he must do so on the run, otherwise he forfeits his exemption from being put out.

(12) If, when a Batsman becomes a Base-Runner, [except as provided in Rule 48], The First Base, or the First and Second Base, or the First, Second and Third bases be occupied, any Base-Runner so occupying a base shall cease to be entitled to hold it, until the Base-Runner to First Base is put out, and may be put out at the next or by being touched by the ball in the hand of a Fielder in the same manner as in running to First Base, at any time before the Base-Runner running to First base is put out.

(13) If a Fair Hit ball strikes him he shall be declared out, and in such case no base shall be run unless forced, and no run be scored.

(14) If, when running to a base or forced to return to a base, he fail to touch the intervening base or bases, if any, in the order prescribed in Rule 48; provided, That he shall not be declared out, unless the Captain of the fielding side claim such decision before the ball is delivered to the bat by the pitcher.

(15) If, when the Umpire calls “Play” after any suspension of a game, he fails to return to and touch the base he occupied when “Time” was called, before touching the next base. Rule 51. The Umpire shall declare the Batsman or Base-Runner out, without waiting for an appeal for such decision, in all cases where such player is put out in accordance with these Rules, except as provided in Rule 50, (10), (14) and (15).

Rule 52. When a Dead Ball is declared by the Umpire no player shall be put out, base be run, or run be scored on such ball, unless such ball be also the seventh Unfair Ball, that entitles the striker to a base, in which case the striker shall take First Base, and any Base-Runner thereby forced to vacate a base, shall take one base without being put out, and if a base thus taken be the Home Base, the run shall be scored. Rule 53. One Run Shall be Scored every time a Base-runner, after legally having touched the first three bases, shall touch the Home Base before three men are put out. If the third man is forced out or is put out before reaching First Base, a run shall not be scored.

Class VI. ‘The Umpire.

Rule 54. The Umpire’s duties shall be as follows: The Umpire is the sole and absolute judge of play. In no instance shall any person be allowed to question the correctness of any decision made by him except the captains of the contending nines, and no other player shall, at such time, leave his position in the field, his place at the bat, on the bases, or player’s bench, to approach or address the umpire in word or act upon such disputed decision, unless requested so to do by the umpire. Every player violating this provision shall be fined ten dollars for each offence by said umpire. Neither shall any manager or other officer of either club, except the captains, as before mentioned, be permitted to go upon the field, or address the umpire in regard to such decision, under penalty of a forfeiture of the game to the opposing club. The umpire shall in no case appeal to any spectator for information in regard to any such case, but may ask for information if he so desires, from one or more of the players. Before the commencement of a match Game the Umpire shall see that the ruled governing all the materials of the game are strictly observed. He shall ask the Captain of the Home Club whether there are any special ground rules to be enforced, and if there are, he shall see that they are duly enforced, provided they do not conflict with any of these Rules. He shall also ascertain whether the fence in the rear of the Catcher’s position is distant ninety feet from the Home Base. In case the Umpire imposes a fine on a player, or declares a game forfeited, he shall transmit written notice thereof to the Secretary of the Association within twenty-four hours thereafter, under penalty of said fine being taken from his own salary for failure so to do.

Rule 55. The Umpire’s Jurisdiction and Powers, in addition to those specified in the Constitution and the preceding Rules, are:

(1)He must keep the contesting nines playing constantly from the commencement of the game to its termination, allowing such delays only as are rendered unavoidable by accident, injury or rain. He must, until the completion of the game, require the players of each side to promptly take their positions in the field as soon as the third hand is put out, and must require the first striker of the opposite side to be in his position at the bat as soon as the Fielders are in their places.

(2)He shall in all cases enforce the strict letter of each Playing Rule herein, when requested by the Captain of either contesting club, particularly those restricting the delivery of the ball to the bat by the Pitcher.

(3)The players of the side “at bat” must occupy the portion of the Field allotted to them, subject to the condition that they must speedily vacate any portion thereof that may be in the way of the ball, or any fielder attempting to catch or field it. The triangular space behind the Home Base is reserved for the exclusive use of the Umpire, Catcher and Batsman, and the Umpire must prohibit any player of the side “at bat” from crossing the same at any time while the ball is in the hands of or passing between the Pitcher and Catcher while standing in their positions.

(4)The Umpire is master of the Field from the commencement to the termination of the game. And must compel the players to observe the provisions of all the Playing Rules, and he is hereby invested with authority to order any player to do or omit to do any act necessary to give force and effect to any and all of such provisions, and power to inflict upon any player disobeying any such order a fine of not less than five nor more than twenty-five dollars for each offence, and to impose a similar fine upon any player who shall use abusive, threatening or improper language to the Umpire.

(5)The Umpire shall, at once, notify the Captain of the offending player’s side of the infliction of any fine herein provided for.

Rule 56. Special Provisions. No Umpire shall while in uniform enter any Pool Room or Saloon, under penalty of removal.

CLASS VII.

SCORING.

Rule 57. In order to Promote uniformity in Scoring Championship Games, the following instructions, suggestions and definitions are made for the benefit of scores of Association Clubs, and they are required to make the scores mentioned in Sec. 11, Article IX, of the Association Constitution in accordance therewith.

BATTING.

(1)The first item in the tabulation score, after the player’s name and position, shall be the number of times he been at bat during the game. Any time or times where the player has been sent to base on called balls shall not be included in this column.

(2)In the second column should be set down the runs made by each player.

(3)In the third column should be placed the first base hits made by each player. A base hit should be scored in the following cases:

  When the ball from the bat strikes the ground between the foul lines and out of reach of the fielders.

  When a hit is partially or wholly stopped by a fielder in motion: but such player cannot recover himself in time to handle the ball before the striker reaches first base. 

  When the ball is hit so sharply to an infielder that he cannot handle it in time to put out a man.  In case of doubt over this class of hits, score a base hit and exempt the fielder from the charge of an error.

  When the ball is hit so slowly toward a fielder that he cannot handle it in time to put out a man.

FIELDING.

(4)The number of opponents put out by each player shall be set down in the fourth column. Where a striker is given out by the Umpire for a foul strike or because he struck out of turn, the put-out shall be scored to the Catcher.

(5)The number of times the player assists shall be set down in the sixth column. An assist should be given to each player who handles the ball in a run-out or other play of the kind.

A strike out should be given to the pitcher when a batsman fails to hit the ball on the third strike, and in each case where the Batsman is declared out for making a foul strike, or striking out of turn. Such assistance to be placed in the summary of the score.

An assist should be given to a player who makes a play in time to put a runner out, even if the player who should complete the play, fails, through no fault of the player assisting. And generally an assist should be given to each player who handles the ball from the time it leaves the bat until it reaches the player who makes the put-out, or in case of a thrown ball, to each player who throws or handles it cleanly, and in such way that a put-out results, or would result if no error were made by the receiver.

(6)An error should be given for each miss-play which allows the striker or base-runner to make one or more bases, when perfect play would have insured his being put out. In scoring errors of batted balls, see Sec. 3 of this rule.

MISCELLANEOUS.

The summary shall contain:– (1) The number of earned runs made by each side.

(2) The number of two base hits made by each player.

(3) The number of three base hits made by each player.

(4) The number of home runs made by each player.

(5) The number of men on each side left on bases.

(6) The number of double and triple plays made by each side with names of players assisting in same.

(7) The number of men struck out by each pitcher.

(8) The number of men given base on called balls by each pitcher.

(9) The number of men given bases on balls.

(10) The number of men given bases from being hit by pitched ball.

(11) The number of passed balls by each catcher.

(12) The number of wild pitches by each pitcher.

(13) The time of game.

(14) The name of the umpire.

CLASS VIII. ‘CONSTRUCTION AND AMENDMENTS.

Rule 58. No section of these Rules shall be constructed as conflicting with or affecting any article of the Constitution of the American Association.

Rule 59. No Amendment or change of any of these Rules shall be made, except in the manner provided in the Constitution of the American Association.

Places where these are the home rules.

  • Hewlett Grounds; Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Long Island, New York. Used for 1884 AA division at OBVR. The New York Mutuals, based at Old Bethpage Village, plays by any year, but is well-accustomed to the rules of 1864, 1884 AA and 1887.

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