In 1859, the first regulations for baseball bats were introduced in America. While pioneering, these regulations were incredibly vague by modern standards. Why was this?

Answer: While they stipulated that the wooden bat could not be bigger than 2.5” in width, the bats could still be any length and shape that the player desired. It would not be until later years that clear regulations on all aspects of the bat would be put it force.

Source: Baseball Before We Knew It by David Block

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