Less perilous the catcher's task
As baseball permitted
You could wear a mask.*
The first of the "tools of ignorance", the 1900 version is pictured above. It was a Harvard student who came up with the prototype. At first the fans thought it would reflect on the manliness of the game. But it actually freed the pitcher from worrying about battering his battery mate. Now the hurler could use the newly developed curveball and any future trick of the trade with a clear conscience. And the catcher's face didn't need to be rearranged.
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