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   Chronology of Changes to Major League Baseball Official Rules

Table C: Changes to Sacrifice Rules




Table C. Changes to Sacrifice Rules
DATE RULE CHANGE Rule
1889 The sacrifice bunt is statistically recognized, but the batter is charged with a time at bat. 10.09
1893 A batter credited with a sacrifice is not charged with a time at bat. 10.09
1908 The sacrifice fly rule is adopted, exempting the batter from an at-bat when a run scores after a catch. 10.09
1912 Earned runs are charged to a pitcher when a player scores by means of safe hits, sacrifice hits, bases on balls, hit batters, wild pitches, and balks. 10.18
1926 The sacrifice fly rule is amended to exempt a batter from an at-bat when a runner advances from first to second or second to third as well as on scoring. 10.09
1931 The sacrifice fly is eliminated. 10.09
1939 A batter is credited with a sacrifice fly and not charged with a time at bat if he hits a fly ball that is caught and a runner scores on the catch. This rule lasted only a year. 10.09
1940 A batter is no longer credited with a sacrifice fly. 10.09
1954 A batter is credited with a sacrifice fly and not charged with a time at bat if he hits a fly ball and the runner scores on the catch 10.09

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JCBA Vol. 20. Sacrifice Hits Rule Changes
URL: http://www.cosmicbaseball.com/jcba20_rulesacs.html
Published: December 15, 2001
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