Eric Enders, researcher, Baseball hall of Fame: No. Why? Rules. What rules? Baseball"s rules. Oh, them.
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There are 23 legal ways to obtain to first. Do tell. Walk, intended walk, fight by pitch, dropped 3rd strike, failure to deliver pitch in ~ 20 seconds, catcher interference, fielder interference, spectator interference, fan obstruction ... isn"t that ... Fair sphere hits umpire, fair round hits runner, fielder obstructs runner, pinch-runner, fielder"s choice, pressure out at an additional base ... aren"t those ... Coming before runner put-out permits batter to with first, sac bunt falls short to advancement runner, sac fly dropped, runner dubbed out on very nice one ... wait, which ... Error, 4 illegal pitches, and also if a video game is suspended v a jogger on very first and that player is traded before the makeup, an additional player can take his place. That"s only 22. Oh, right. Single. Borrring. john Thorn, co-editor, total Baseball: 2 players stole first, Germany Schaefer in 1907 and Fred Tenney roughly 1900, however they did that from second. The idea was to induce a litter so the jogger on third could score. Tricky. i suppose, yet it didn"t work. And now it"s illegal. Pity. you know, Ned Cuthbert that the Philadelphia Keystones created the stolen base in 1865. Rapscallion. Baseball was primarily intended to provoke mirth. Verily. The main amusement was no to struggle lusty blows, but the exposition the spry fielding and nimble baserunning. Huzzah! So credit for a steal was based upon pluck, like taking an extra base or stretching a single. Good show! It"s also likely the hatchet "stealing" wasn"t equated to larceny, however was akin to "stealing away," together in taken with guile or subterfuge. Good ol" derring-do.
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