1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings play by the official
rules of base ball as they were written at the
end of 1868. The major difference from the previous
version of the game was that a fair ball caught
on one bound no longer counted as a hand. Other
notable rules from this version include: base men
must be no more than two paces from their respective
base when playing the field, outfielders must
play straight up in their respective field, and
neither may move until the ball is pitched; strikers
may not overrun first base; runners must not have
a lead off of more than two paces, may only steal
a base if the catcher muffs the pitch, and can
not run until the ball has been struck. Sliding
is allowed to avoid collisions.
In addition to the 1869 rules, there are several
home rules that are to be honored on the Buckeyes'
and Red Stockings' home field in Heritage Village.
Woods cover the deepest parts of the outfield. However,
only the section of woods in right field (from the
first base foul line to the large tree indicated
by the home umpire) has a limit of two bases for
the striker and any runner on base if the struck
ball enters them without being caught on the fly.
Any ball struck into any other part of the woods
in fair territory is in play. A lost ball is no exception.
Any ball that strikes a tree, structure or spectator
on the fly may be caught on the fly (or
on one bound if the ball is deemed foul)
for an out.
Any 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).
ball that is fielded and erroneously thrown past
the first base-man
into the fenced area
surrounding the barn
across the road becomes dead, and the
striker and any runners are awarded
one base. The same is true
of any ball erroneously thrown into
the fenced area along the third base line.