10 bits of baseball history I learned from "A Game of Inches"

"A Game of Inches" by Peter Morris takes present-day readers on a tour of baseball's origins. Here are 10 interesting glimpses into the game of the past – and how it impacts baseball as we know it today.

1. Catchers didn’t start off squatting

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    Pittsburgh catcher Jason Jaramillo shows off his standing skills.
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Standing, even if slightly stooped, made it easier to catch errant pitches and try to throw out runners attempting to steal. The main reason for going into a crouch was to conceal signals from the batter and others with prying eyes, such as those of the first base coach.

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