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Must-click link: Demands for replay. In 1952.

Oct 22, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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Over at The Platoon Advantage, The Common Man unearths a controversial call from 1952 that led to some familiar-sounding speculation:

“Next Year for the World Series and perhaps for key games during the regular season, baseball may adopt an idea from horse racing and install a ‘photo finish’ camera at first base to double check the umpires.”

It’s a great story. I remember reading about it once. Sadly, The Common Man leaves out the best part:  it’s where an 18 year-old Bud Selig says he’d take it all under advisement, assigns the matter to a committee and then forgets it ever happened.

UPDATE: Wezen-Ball went over this territory last year as well. Found guys criticizing umps due to video replay as far back as 1968.


  1. mattintoledo - Oct 22, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    I seem to remember Steve Garvey getting tossed from a game back in the 80s because he went into the clubhouse, got a little portable TV, and showed the umps the replay on it. Anybody else remember something like this? I can’t guarantee it was Garvey but I’m picturing those Padres uniforms from the 80s.

    • nps6724 - Oct 22, 2010 at 2:05 PM

      That’s awesome.

  2. chipmaker023 - Oct 22, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Selig didn’t forget about it. The committee report is due next April.

    • Richard In Big D - Oct 22, 2010 at 3:47 PM

      Really? How freakin’ long does it take to come to a concensus and write down what you find out? I’m thinking a weelend retreat in the Catskills should suffice… Bud Light is just hoping WE forget by then…

  3. rabiague1986 - Oct 22, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Please anything to reduce mistakes by these umps. I seriously think some them should be looked at as potential Tim Donnehy’s for gambling on the side with how egregious some calls are.

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