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ette, 46 to 39. The relay race decid
ed the meet. The Maroons were han
dicapped by having several stars out
of the meet.
Northwestern natators defeated
Chicago swimmers in the Purple
tank, 41 to 27. Redmon, holder of .the
world's record plunge, went length
of the tank in 22 seconds, setting a
new Conference mark. S coles, Pur
ple captain, was individual star.
Holy Trinity indoor baseball play
ers are claiming the Catholic high
school ch'ampionship on the strength
of a defeat administered to De La
Salle, 2 to 1.
Important changes will be made
in the size of baseball diamonds, fol
lowing discovery that mistakes in
The rules say the distance should bo
measured from the intersecting
boundary lines of the diamond at the
rear of the plate. The plate is 17
inches long, so pitchers, when the
distance has been measured wrong,
have been 17 inches farther from
batters than they should have been.
Seventeen inches is plenty to spoil
the effect of a curve ball. The ball,
in that case, would break so far
ahead of the plate the batter could
see it and tell what kind of ball was
being served him.
It has been understood bases
should be 90 feet apart This is
wrong. In cases where there have
been 90 feet between the bags, run
ners have had to go 2 feet, 3 inches
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Diagram on right shows correct way for diamond to be laid out;
diagram on left, the wrong way with bases outside boundary lines and
actually 90 feet apart
measuring the pitching distance and
placing bases have handicapped
pitchers and baserunners.
With baseball a split-second propo
sition and games hinging on deci
sions where fraction of a second oran
inch of space would make a big dif
ference, pennant races have been ef
fected by the mistakes.
There is no telling how many run
ners have been called out when they
should have been safe or how many
batters have made hits they did not
It is said that in some cases the
pitching distance was measured
from the front end of the home plate.
farther between the plate and first
base and the same between third
base and home plate than they
should have gone.
A runner on first, where the bases
are 90 feet apart, would be compelled
to take a lead 22y2 inches greater
than the normal lead to steal second
with the same effort if the base were
First and third bases, according to
rules for laying out a diamond,
should be entirely within the bound
ary lines and only one-fourth of sec
ond base should be within the lines.
The distance of 90 feet between home
and fiist and between home and third