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Friday, January 29, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-29-2016

Pittsburgh Press, January 29, 1916:

Every baseball groundkeeper in the country is interested in the new rules for the laying out of a diamond as prepared by Secretary John A. Heydler, of the National league.
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Nearly all of the groundkeepers erred in the location of the pitcher’s rubber. The diagram shows this distance to be 60.5’. This was interpreted by nearly all those who laid out the diamond to be 60 feet and five inches…It is claimed that some of the architects of the diamond started their measurement from the front of the plate, others from the center of the plate and some from the rear corner.

This, of course, inspired the musical Heydler and the Angry Inch.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 29, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
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