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Nov. 4, 1953

Major League Baseball worked to help hitters even in the good, old days.

A rules change brought back the sacrifice fly, which had a schizophrenic existence. Starting in 1909, a batter hitting a fly ball that was caught, on which a runner scored from third base, was not charged with an at bat.

In 1931 MLB struck down the sac fly. In 1939, MLB brought back the sac fly. In 1940, MLB struck down the sac fly.

In 1954, the sacrifice fly was brought back to stay.

Another rule eliminated the practice of players leaving their gloves on the field every half inning. From 1954 on, players have had to bring their gloves with them  back to the dugout,