Lowering The Pitching Mound
June 28, 2006 10:47am CST
What year did Major Leageue Baseball lower the pitcher's mound to even things up for the hitters. Bob Gibson and Denny Mcclain were a big reason for lowering the mound, but I can't remember what year MLB changed the rules. I think it's the next year after Carl Yastrezemski won the batting title with a .301 average. Also, how much did they lower the mound? I think it's 6 inches, but I'm not sure. Any help to these questions would be great.
• United States
11 Oct 06
Baseball Rules Committee met in December 1968 in San Francisco to try to modify the rules to step up the offense. The biggest change was the lowering of the mound from 15 inches to 10 inches. Other changes included the shrinking of the strike zone and tighter enforcement against illegal pitches. These changes were put into effect starting with the 1969 season.