Ever wonder the history of baseball’s home plate? Well wonder no more. Vin Scully took time out of the 4th inning of his broadcast of the Los Angeles Dodgers versus the San Diego Padres today to educate the viewers on the history behind the dish.
Apparently before 1900 home plate was like any other base, only 1 inch larger than the 15 inch bases around the basepaths. The plate was pointed diagonally with one point aimed directly at the pitchers mound.
Vin told us that around 1869 home plate was actually circular and 12 inches in diameter and made up of various materials. It has been composed of wood, cast iron, marble, and even dinner plates have been used (hence the term “home plate”).
Now personally, I believe Vin Scully could announce paint drying and make it fascinating. This was just one more look into the amazing history of baseball, shared with us by history’s most amazing baseball broadcaster. Keep going Vin!