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Table H: Rule Changes 1910-1919

Table H: Rule Changes 1910-1919
1910 The umpire organization chart is established. The plate umpire-the one who judges balls and strikes-is appointed the umpire-in-chief, and the others are field umpires. An umpire may not interfere with or criticize his colleagues' decisions. Only the umpire-in-chief may declare the game a forfeit. 9.04
1910 The captain of a team must notify the umpire-in-chief of any substitution. 3.03
1910 An umpire must warn players on the bench for excessive yelling before he can fine or otherwise punish them for it. 9.01D
1910 Before a game begins, the umpire must announce any special ground rules. 9.04
1910 The cork-center ball is adopted for regular use (it had been used in the previous year for occasional play). 1.09
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
1914 In the case of fire, panic, or storm, the umpire does not have to wait until the pitcher has the ball on the mound to call a time-out. 9.04
1917 Earned runs are also charged to a pitcher when a player scores by means of a stolen base. 10.18

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JCBA Vol. 20. Rule Changes (1910-1919)
Published: December 15, 2001
Copyright © 2001 by the Cosmic Baseball Association