if a fair ball
be caught before touching the ground, no matter how held by the fielder catching it, or whether the ball first touches the person of another fielder or not, provided it be not caught by the cap.
He can't remember either, and repeats the mantra that "no fair ball
has ever been hit out of Yankee Stadium." If Mantle had hit it, it is hard to imagine that anyone would have forgotten it.
: A Fan's Case for Baseball," is Costas' first book, a slender volume that most St.
Road Secretary Bill McCorry, standing near, said, "I predict Mantle will be the first player ever to hit a fair ball
out of Yankee Stadium."
A Fair Ball
is a ball delivered by the Pitcher, while wholly within the lines of his position and facing the Batsman, with his hand passing below his shoulder, and the ball passing over the home base at the height called for by the Batsman." (14)
His average when he hit a fair ball
was .500 - ridiculously high.
Two recent books--one, Fair Ball
, by well-known sportscaster Bob Costas; the other, Stadium Games, by Jay Weiner, a reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune--give their individual views of what's wrong with baseball and what can be done to fix it.
The Lords of Baseball obviously will merely ignore his most recent book, "Fair Ball
, a Fan's Case for Baseball," but the Olympics will have a different appeal, and maybe one with more effect.
Any muffin batsman can hit a fair ball
to the out-field, but it takes considerable judgment, a quick eye, plenty of nerve and skillful batting to make first-base by a well hit fair-foul ball.
As previously mentioned, he can throw the fast ball outside to the right-hand hitter, which the hitter will take, thinking it is a ball, only to have the ball run to the corner for a strike; or he can throw the pitch on the inside corner, so that the batter will begin his swing, only to have the ball run in on his hands and produce a foul ball or a weakly hit fair ball
If interference occurs during an infield-fly situation, the ball should remain alive as along as it is a fair ball
12 of Rule 5 reads: "Any player running the bases on fair or foul balls caught before touching the ground must return to the base he occupied when the ball was struck, and retouch such base before attempting to make another or score a run, and said player shall be liable to be put out in so returning, as in the case of running to first base when a fair ball
is hit and not caught flying.
One thing is certain - in 2012, that would have been a fair ball
In Fair Ball
: A Fan's Case for Baseball, he offers a logical, reasoned, dispassionate argument, based upon the evidence at hand.
A section of rule 7.09 (k) reads, "If a fair ball
goes through, or by, an infielder, and touches a runner immediately back of him, or touches the runner after having been deflected by a fielder, the umpire shall not declare the runner out for being touched by a batted ball.