Maybe the baseball has improved some since 1912, but eyesight hasn’t. Can you stand off 60 feet, 6 inches from the plate, add about 3 feet more for the catcher’s stance, peek through his mask and see whether or not the man’s eyes are open or blinking?
Pitchers could in those days, at least they could on the 1912 Red Sox ball club.
Those were days of sign-stealing just as there are ways of snitching signals today. But it was touch trying to decode what the Red Sox were doing.
“That Chief Bender of the Athletics,” said Ray Collins, a southpaw on that ball club, and one of the nine who got together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the team’s conquests yesterday. “He was always peeking in from third base when he was coaching and he tried like mad to catch our signals.
“But we had a pretty good bunch of signals for him to get,” said Collins.
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