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    Does anyone remember a rule from the late forties or early fifties that was if the batter hit four foul balls after reaching a full count, the forth foul ball constituted a third strike? If yes, can you give me a reference book to look at the rule? My Mom remembers this and she is trying to prove it to someone that thinks she's crazy. You can email me at [email protected] Thank you.
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    RE: Four foul balls after a full count

    [updated:LAST EDITED ON May-27-02 AT 08:22 PM (EDT)]>Does anyone remember a rule from the late forties or early
    >fifties that was if the batter hit four foul balls after
    >reaching a full count, the forth foul ball constituted a
    >third strike? If yes, can you give me a reference book to
    >look at the rule? My Mom remembers this and she is trying
    >to prove it to someone that thinks she's crazy. You can
    >email me at [email protected] Thank you.

    BASEBALL_TRIVIA_NUT

    No way! Not in the era of major league ball has there
    been such a rule and I can say this without referring to the
    rule book or any baseball reference, since such a rule would
    always be cited to historians regarding strikeout records,
    and the foul ball system you cite is never referenced for
    the record for historians.

    Before 1900, perhaps; in the decade after the game was
    first started, perhaps; in softball leagues, perhaps; in
    the women's leagues during the 40's, perhaps; in local games
    in local communities by agreement to speed up the game, perhaps.

    The above are all possibilites, since all of us remember as
    youngsters changing the rules for various reasons to accommodate
    conditions or circumstances - all are possible, and this may be
    why the thought is presented in the question, so, one may remember
    such a rule, however, such a rule never applied in the modern era
    of major league ball - there is no record of it, and, all of us
    can, in due course, look it up to confirm, but, you can bet dollars
    to doughnuts the majors did not have the rule in its modern era,
    and probably never!

    I will try to remember to send the email and have a good one!

    BASEBALL_TRIVIA_NUT

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    • #3
      RE: Four foul balls after a full count

      >Does anyone remember a rule from the late forties or early
      >fifties that was if the batter hit four foul balls after
      >reaching a full count, the forth foul ball constituted a
      >third strike? If yes, can you give me a reference book to
      >look at the rule? My Mom remembers this and she is trying
      >to prove it to someone that thinks she's crazy. You can
      >email me at [email protected] Thank you.

      I saw batters in those days foul off a dozen or more pitches. I hate to dispute someone's Mom, but she's off-base. The only place there's a rule similar to this, is in some slo-pitch softball leagues.

      Bob

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      • #4
        RE: Four foul balls after a full count

        Several little leagues have used this "rule," but I would almost wager that four fouls is an out in major league kickball.
        Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words ~Ernie Harwell

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        • #5
          Four Foul Balls - "Yer OUT!"

          I'm glad someone else remembers this.
          I logged on to this site, hopefully, to substantiate what you purport (and your Mom).
          Most of the (NO ALL) people I've talked with say the same as the people who replied to you.
          I'm almost positive that sometime in the mid to late 50's, maybe only in the American League, and for a short period - maybe only a year or so, that rule was instituted.
          It was the result of several consecutive years when batters would try to wear the pitcher out with fouling the ball off instead of trying to get a hit.
          Unfortunately, the only substantiation I've ever been able to run across, was The Statler Brothers. That line is in their lyrics for "Do You Remember These?" "Four foul balls - yer out!"

          Keep searching. Maybe someone else will remember.

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          • #6
            I just checked on the Rules through the 20th Century and I can't find anything about four foull balls and your "OUT".

            I suggest the Poser check with ML Rules Committee?

            I think your Mom was watching some local League that may have adapted said rule to speed up the game.
            A former "Brooklyn Dodgers BUM (Fan)" who became "JUST " A Baseball Fan in the Spring of 1958.

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            • #7
              somebody's mom

              I googled "four fouls & third strike", was directed to this site, and found that I (also being "somebody's mom") entertain the same (I guess) delusion, having a strong recollection of the "four fouls on third strike" rule. I too was an avid Redsox fan in the 40's and early 50's -- but I played kickball along with sandlot baseball so who knows.

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              • #8
                No way at any time was this silly rule instituted in MLB.

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                • #9
                  Maybe it was for spring training, 90 minute game and get in a quick 9 holes afterward.
                  (fantasy football)
                  JM: Only did that for a couple of years and then we had a conspiracy so it kind of turned me sour. Our league's commissioner, Lew Ford(notes) at the time, was doing some shady things that ... I'd rather not talk about [laughs].
                  DB: Isn't he in Japan right now?
                  JM: I don't know where Lou is right now. He's probably fleeing the authorities [laughs].

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