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   Changing the Rules
   Chronology of Changes to Major League Baseball Official Rules

Table 2: Changes to Base on Balls Rules




Table B. Changes to Base on Balls Rules
DATE RULE CHANGE Rule
1877 A time at bat is not charged to a batter who walks. 10.16
1879 There are nine balls in a walk. 6.08A
1880 The base on balls decreases to eight. 6.08A
1881 The base on balls is seven. 6.08A
1884 A base on balls is six. 6.08A
1886 A base on balls is five. 6.08A
1887 A base on balls is scored as a hit and counted as a time at bat. This rule lasted one season only. 10.16
1888 A base on balls is not counted as a hit and not charged as a time at bat. 10.16
1889 A base on balls is four, and there it remains. 6.08A

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JCBA Vol. 20. Base on Balls Rule Changes
URL: http://www.cosmicbaseball.com/jcba20_ruleballs.html
Published: December 15, 2001
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