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1887 Spalding "5 Balls - 4 Strikes" Umpire Counter

Item Number 45228

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Evidence of baseball's evolution is discovered with this 1887 Spalding umpire counter. This ancient artifact counts balls and strikes to totals of five and four respectively, proving that the rules of the game have always been subject to change. Dating this piece is a snap, as history shows 1887 to be the only season an at-bat was subject to a maximum of five balls and four strikes. Further proof is noted with a patent date of "Oct. 12, 1886", located at the bottom of the celluloid casing on the counter side. Three small metal screws securely hold this device together and the two counter wheels on the top edge function smoothly as intended. A distinct Spalding factory logo is etched into the opposite side and overall this 19th Century marvel reports in very pleasing state, with age appropriate signs of moderate wear.

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