Category: ABUA
Published on Thursday, 01 December 2011

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If you have always been interested to continuously learn more about a game so you can improve your skills and knowledge, whether it is reading gaming tips on OnlinePoker.com, or reading up on the latest sports news in a baseball magazine, you might find this article very useful and informative. Here you will learn some interesting baseball facts which you can share with your friends, or other umpires.

Did you know?

That the first five players to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (situated in Cooperstown, New York) were Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson? Since their entry in 1936, almost 300 people have been entered. These not only include expectational players, but also umpires, pioneers, executives and managers.

The French did what?

It is thought that it was in fact the French who came up with the concept of baseball. A manuscript, dating back to 1344, shows illustrations of clerics who seem to be playing a game very similar to baseball. Other old French games, including théque, la balle au bâton and la balle empoisonée, show clear similarities to baseball.

A whole new meaning to 'stumped'....

The false wooden leg of General Santa Anna was used as a baseball bat by American soldiers in 1847, just a couple of days after the Battle of Cerro Gordo. The leg was seized by the Fourth Illinois regiment and was thought to be the first baseball game ever played in Mexico at Parque Los Berros in Xalapa, Veracruz.

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One New Softball Rule To Know

One New Softball Rule To Know

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 2018 Rules Quiz

2018 Rules Quiz

It’s time for my annual rules quiz. Test your knowledge on this 10 question True or False test. You are in the royalty class of rules aficionados if you get 9-10 correct answers and are ready to umpire in the major leagues; a score of 7-8 correct answers places you in Triple-A; a score of 5-6 proper answers earns you a spot in Double-A; and 4 right answers puts you in the low minors. Any score of less than 4 correct answers requires you to purchase the Official Baseball Rules immediately and spend this summer going to a baseball rules camp. OK-number your papers 1-10 and simply answer each question True or False. The answers are found at the end of the quiz. The answers fall under the Pro rules. However, where there is a difference in the NFHS and NCAA rule, it is noted in the answer. Therefore,...
2018 NFHS Rule Change Review

2018 NFHS Rule Change Review

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Odd Plays of 2017

Odd Plays of 2017

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Flipping the Calendar

Flipping the Calendar

Last month we looked at the USA Softball and NFHS rules changes for 2018. Although there are a few changes to each code the new items are not earth shattering. As is often the case the Points of Emphasis can be more important to both umpires and the game than the actual rules changes. As we flip the calendar to 2018 let’s take look at the new POEs which are existing rules that the rules makers have identified as needing attention. For those who have to take an annual NFHS rules test you can count on being asked about these items. The points come from issues brought up from those involved in the game all across the country. For 2018, the NFHS has three emphasis items: Coaches’ Responsibility for certifying legal equipment at the Pregame Conference, Batter Hit by Pitch, and Courtesy Runner for...
Coaches Will Be Coaches

Coaches Will Be Coaches

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Pinch Runners

Pinch Runners

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NFHS and USA Softball Rules Changes for 2018

NFHS and USA Softball Rules Changes for 2018

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