Major League Baseball postseason officially kicks off Tuesday. Fans of the national pastime already know that the game is rich with sepia-toned tradition and history. But what a lot of fans don't know is that the game as it's played today is the result of more than a century of gradual evolution. The rules of baseball, in the late 19th and early 20th century, were in many cases radically different than what we see today.
One of the best resources for accurate information on the early days of baseball is author Peter Morris' 2006 book "A Game of Inches: The Stories Behind the Innovations That Shaped Baseball." Not content with repeating classic lore or received wisdom, Morris spent years researching old newspaper accounts and other documentation from the earliest incarnations of the game. Morris' scholarly book reveals a game that has been in constant flux for more than 150 years. Here are 10 crazy rules from the early days of baseball.