The Official Rules of Baseball: An Anecdotal Look at the Rules of Baseball and How They Came to Be

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In The Official Rules of Baseball Illustrated, David Nemec relates the history of the rules, explores how the rules have changed and why, and relates some of the most memorable episodes in baseball in which the rules have played a central role: the famed “Pine Tar Game,” the beaning of Ray Chapman, and many more. Freshly revised with over fifty black-and-white photographs, updated rules, and present-day stories, readers will gain insight into key moments in the evolution of ...

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Overview

In The Official Rules of Baseball Illustrated, David Nemec relates the history of the rules, explores how the rules have changed and why, and relates some of the most memorable episodes in baseball in which the rules have played a central role: the famed “Pine Tar Game,” the beaning of Ray Chapman, and many more. Freshly revised with over fifty black-and-white photographs, updated rules, and present-day stories, readers will gain insight into key moments in the evolution of baseball’s rules.
The Official Rules of Baseball Illustrated is required reading for anyone who wants to know the game well—and for the millions of fans who want to know it better.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592288441
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Edition description: Updated & Revised Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Nemec is the author of over twenty-five baseball books and novels. His most recent works include The Great Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Major League Baseball, The Beer and Whisky League, Early Dreams, and The Baseball Rookies Encyclopedia.

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Probably the most famous instance of an umpire awarding a runner home plate because of fan obstruction was the wild ending to the 1976 American League Championship Series that saw George Brett of the Kansas City Royals rifle a three-run homer into the seats at Yankee Stadium in the top of the ninth to tie the game 6-6, only to have Yankees fist sacker Chris Chambliss lead off the bottom half of the inning by belting a solo dinger off Kansas City reliever Mark Littell to clinch the pennant for the Yankees. In describing the pandemonium that ensued when Yankees fans, unable to control their exhilaration, began streaming onto the field almost the moment Chambliss's shot cleared the rightfield barrier, Thurman Munson later said, "By the time Chambliss got to third base all hope of reaching the plate was gone. He never did make it."

Though Kansas City made no protest and the umpires seemed inclined to let Chambliss's interrupted journey around the bases pass without comment, hours later the Yankees first baseman took time away from the team's pennant celebration to creep out of the clubhouse, accompanied by two policemen, and touch home plate to make his flag-winning run official.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreword by Jim Evans

Introduction to the 2006 Edition of The Official Rules of Baseball

Introduction

1 Objectives of the Game

2 Definitions of Terms

3 Game Preliminaries

4 Starting and Ending a Game

5 Putting the Ball in Play:
Live Ball

6 The Batter

7 The Runner

8 The Pitcher

9 The Umpire

10 The Official Scorer

Appendix: The Official Rules of Baseball (Complete)

Index

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    A MUST FOR THE BASEBALL FAN

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