Cincinnati Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Red
Stockings play by the official rules of base
ball as they were written at the end of 1868
- the major difference from earlier rules being
the elimination of the rule that allows
a fair ball caught on one bound to be an out.
addition to the 1869
rules, there are several regular home
rules that are to be honored on the Buckeyes'
Stockings' home field in Heritage Village.
The umpire may also have additional ground
rules for extraneous circumstances.
Stealing & Running
Heritage Village, base stealing is allowed only
when the catcher muffs the pitch (with a muff
defined as more than one bound after the ball
crosses the home plate). A runner on base may
take a leadoff of no more than two steps.
cover the deepest parts of the outfield. Any
ball struck into the woods
is in fair play.
ball that strikes a tree, structure,
object or living creature on the fly may be
fly (or on
one bound if the ball is deemed foul)
for an out. Remember, fair/foul is determined
by where the ball first touches the ground
after being struck.
ball that is struck, lands in fair territory
and manages to bounce over the picket fence
along the third base line is a fair ball and
remains in play (it requires a skilled striker
to accomplish such a feat). Any ball that is
erroneously thrown into that area also remains