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Fact: Baseball umpires used to sit in rocking chairs

People have been playing baseball since the mid 19th century. In the early games, umpires would officiate the games reclining in a rocking chair that was located 20 feet behind home plate. By 1878, the National League also declared that home teams must pay umpires $5 per game.

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pkin38

I agree LD .. I would say it was dangerous ..

Dilubreuer

Guess it was not the best position for them, reason why they need to change it. Thanks Pat.

pkin38

Thank you all for stopping by .. Ardy, Iris, Lorna and Shirley .. :-)))

Shian2

I don't know anything about baseball, but I'm not sure it would work to well these days :))

goingsilver

Well that is a fun if bizarre fact Pat! Thanks.

irisriver

Perfect for the new baseball season! grins!☺

ringleader

A strange thought, Pat. Sandi has a good point. lol Big money back in those days. Thanks., Hugs.

pkin38

Thanks Robbie .. :-)))

Sandi .. I think so too .. :-)))

SandiT

Didn't know that. Seems to me it would make getting out of the way of a foul ball or a wild pitch rather awkward and slow.

porgy

Very cool fact PK, thank you!