Although Cartwright’s rules and today’s rules are alike in many ways, there are also many differences between the two.Including the length of the game.Cartwright provided that the first team to 21 points at the end of an inning won the game.The present rule in which the team with the most runs after nine innings wins was adopted in 1857.
The pitching rules also changed.At first the pitcher stood 45 feet from home plate and had to throw the ball underhand.The pitching distance was increased to 50 feet in 1881 and to the present 60 feet 6 inches in 1893.The rule allows the pitcher to throw overhand was adopted in 1884.
Originally, a batter was out if a fielder caught the ball either on the fly or on the first bounce.An1864 rule change provided that fair balls caught on the bounce were not outs.An 1883 rule change said that foul balls caught on the bounce were not out.
your out!In early baseball, batters
only made strikes by swinging and missing. Called
strikes became part of the game in 1868.The
National League adopted the foul strike rule in 1901, and the American
League in 1903.There was no such
thing as a walk in early baseball.An
1879 rule change provided that a batter walked after nine balls.The
present four-ball rule was introduced in 1889 after several changes.