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A bell within a base...

Item # 591408

March 04, 1876

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN SUPPLEMENT, New York, March  4, 1876  An inside page contains a fascinating baseball-related article, titled: "Novel Base-Ball Base" which includes beneath the base, submerged a bit into the ground, a bell which signals when a base runner has touched the base. Includes a diagram of how it works. The article notes this devise would: "...clearly announce to the umpire who is enabled to render his decision in a perfectly correct & reliable manner, avoiding thereby the dissatisfaction & squabbles arising from erroneous observations and decision."

A curious piece of baseball history. Complete in 16 pages in very nice condition.

Category: Post-Civil War