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(Seriously, is it? Barnes only played 9 MLB seasons.)
As I understand it, a batted ball that initially landed in fair territory was a fair ball no matter where it rolled foul. I was presumably possible to either bunt or punch a ball so as to give it considerable spin and cause it to land fair and roll a good ways into foul territory. That forced the 1B and the 3B to defend a considerable amount of foul ground and spread the infielders out, creating other gaps. Barnes was supposed to be the master of this tactic.
I do know that the argument that Barnes was a "trick" player who took undue advantage of the fair-foul hit and got legislated out when the rule was improved was thoroughly vetted and largely debunked.
cricket, where, if I understand it right, you can hit the ball anywhere in the whole 360 digree circle and run with it.
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