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Did umpires in any major team ever get the baseballs from a ground pop up dispenser?

by Vincent
(Beverly Hills)

1969 Oakland Athletics- Harvey the Rabbit, pop up baseball dispenser.

1969 Oakland Athletics- Harvey the Rabbit, pop up baseball dispenser.

Vincent asked: I have heard that one major league used a ground pop-up dispensers for getting baseball, just curious if true.



Rick answered: Vincent, thank you for your question.

As you can see in the photo above, the Oakland Athletics, in 1969, uses a pop up rabbit to distribute baseballs to the home plate umpire. The rabbit's name was Harvey.

Athletics owner Charlie Finley was well known for his promotional ideas.

Yours in baseball,

Rick

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