why is the pitching rubber exactly 60 ft. 6 in. from home plate. 1st to answer this correctly i will give the best answer to!!
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In the early 1890s, Lester Plan and Francis Richter were pushing to move the mound back five feet from the 50-foot distance they were using at the time. The rulemakers were okay with this change. However, the new rubber being placed five feet back was added to the five-and-a-half foot pitcher's box that had been the limit for the pitcher's front foot in the old system, thus adding 10 1/2 feet, and making it the current 60'6".
It wasn't a clerical error, but it wasn't the original intention to have it written that way in the rules. And because the old 50-foot measure actually indicated the landing for the front foot, there were those who argued that the move only added about 5 feet in distance.
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because it lines up with the bases thank you very much
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In the middle of the square is a low artificial hill called the pitcher's mound. On the mound there is a white rubber slab, called the pitcher's plate or commonly the rubber, six inches (15 cm) front-to-back and two feet (61 cm) across, the front of which is exactly sixty feet six inches (18.4 m) from the rear point of home plate. This peculiar distance was set by the rulemakers in 1893, not due to a clerical or surveying error as popular myth has it, but purposely (as noted below). On a baseball field, the pitcher's mound is a raised section in the middle of the diamond where the pitcher stands when throwing the pitch.
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In 1858, there was no pitching rubber on the pitcher's mound. Pitchers stood inside a six-foot square. The front line of the box was 45 feet from home plate.
In 1893, baseball replaced the pitcher's box with the pitcher's plate.The theory of the distance is that the proposal was to move it to 60 feet, but a groundskeeper misread the number and put it at 60 feet, 6 inches.
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Good question because it's not located in the middle of the square. The middle of the square would be 63.639' or about 63' 7 5/8".Hmmm ..... So that the throw from third to first doesn't kill the pitcher ?
Proof :Pythagorean Theorem
(90x90)+ (90x90) =16200
The square root of 16200 is127.28'
or the distance from home to second or third to first. The halfway point therefore is
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The distance from home to second is 121 feet. Therefore, the rubber is exactly halfway between the plate and second.
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The pitching rubber was half-way between home plate and second base and half-way between third and first.
The rubber was in the middle of the mound when the mound was 15 inches tall. When it got lowered in 1969 to the current height it had to be moved back slightly on the hill though it is still 60 feet 6 inches away from home plate.
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**The original Knickerbocker Rules did not specify the pitching distance explicitly.
**By the time major league baseball began in the 1870s, the pitcher was compelled to pitch from within a "box" whose front edge was 45 feet from the "point" of home plate. Although he had to release the ball before crossing the line, as with bowlers in cricket, he also had to start his delivery from within the box; he could not run in from the field as bowlers do. Furthermore, he had to throw underhand. By the 1880s, pitchers had mastered the underhand delivery quite well. The year 1880 saw two perfect games within a week of each other.
**In an attempt to "increase the batting", the front edge of the pitcher's box was moved back 5 feet in 1881, to 50 feet from home plate.
**The size of the box was tinkered with over the next few years. Pitchers were allowed to throw overhand starting in 1884, and that tilted the balance of power again. In 1887, the box was set at 4 feet wide and 5 1/2 feet deep, with the front edge still 50 feet from the plate. However, the pitcher was compelled to deliver the ball with his back foot at the 55 1/2 foot line of the box, thus somewhat restricting his ability to "power" the ball with his overhand delivery.
**In 1893, the box was replaced by the pitcher's plate, although the term "knocked out of the box" is still sometimes used when a pitcher is replaced for ineffectiveness. Exactly 5 feet was added to the point the pitcher had to toe, again "to increase the batting" (and hopefully to increase attendance, as fan interest had flagged somewhat), resulting in the peculiar pitching distance of 60 1/2 feet.
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its 60 ft 6 in because at that length it gives the ball time to move and it gives the batters time to react to the pitch
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