THEY USE LOTS OF BALLS NOW
As you visit the umpires at the Wizards Stadium you see them rubbing up five dozen baseballs for the game. As Major League players throw balls into the stands, baseball today uses lots of balls.
I guess they can afford it.
An interesting story in Rex Hanann’s American Association Almanac for Spring 2007 tells about a game April 11, 1912 in Columbus, Ohio that was played using only one ball for the entire game. This is said to be a record for a professional baseball game, as not a single foul went into the stands or out of the lot.
We always received one dozen balls, back in the 50s, for each Minor League game.
In 1955, Fulton Kentucky called a game because they ran out of baseballs. Many Minor League teams were on a strict budget. If a ball was hit into the stands a kid could take it to the concession stand and receive a candy bar.
Baseball has really changed.
That’s the way I saw it.
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