Baseball and Its Greatest Players (Inside Sports) by Michael Anderson (editor)

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Length of a Game Nine innings make a normal game unless the home team is ahead at the end of 8½ innings. In that case, the game is complete. If the score is tied at the end of the ninth inning, the teams play additional innings until one side wins or until the game is called because of darkness or for some other reason. 41 Baseball and Its Greatest Players 1 r e t p a h C The grounds crew at Boston’s Fenway Park haul a field-covering tarp behind them as rain delays a game in the spring of 2010.

Racially mixed teams also existed. But in 1867 the first formal organization of baseball clubs, the National Association of Base Ball Players, issued a rule stating that clubs “which may be composed of one or more colored persons” should not be permitted to compete with its teams of white amateurs. When the first professional league was formed four years later, it had no written rule barring black players, but it was tacitly understood that they were not welcome. 49 Baseball and Its Greatest Players Negro Leagues Professional African American ballplayers turned to the practice of barnstorming to make a living.

Brian Bahr/Getty Images 35 Baseball and Its Greatest Players attempts to advance by stealing a base. During a force play, a runner may be forced out by a fielder who throws the ball to the base ahead. For example, a base runner on first base is forced to run to second when the batter hits a ground ball and runs to first base. If the ball reaches second base before the runner does, the runner is out. An out also can be recorded against an advancing base runner if a fielder catches a batted ball before it touches the ground.

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