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Table 3: Changes to Rule 3




Table 3. Changes to Rule 3 (Game Preliminaries)
DATE RULE CHANGE Rule
1872 An "injured" ball is to be changed only in even innings upon request of the captain of either team. 3.01
1886 An umpire may introduce a new ball at any time. Before this year, when a ball was lost, the umpire gave the team five minutes to find it before he threw in a new one. An umpire must have two baseballs at his disposal at all times. 3.01
1891 Substitutions are allowed at any time during a game, but once he has been substituted for, a player may not return. 3.03
1897 Intentionally discoloring or injuring the ball is punishable by a $5 fine. The ball is replaced. 3.02
1910 The captain of a team must notify the umpire-in-chief of any substitution. 3.03
1920 The ball has its gloss removed before a game by the umpire 3.01
1954 Offensive players are required to "carry all gloves and other equipment off the field . . . while their team is at bat." 3.14

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JCBA Vol. 20. Rule 3 Changes
URL: http://www.cosmicbaseball.com/jcba20_rule3.html
Published: December 15, 2001
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