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# Has the distance between home plate and first base ever changed?

###### Wiki User

###### September 07, 2005 3:10PM

Yes, there used to not be any set distance at all No, the distance between bases has not changed since major league baseball began in 1876. The distance between home plate and the pitchers mound changed several times before it settled at 60'6" in 1893.

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### How many feet from home plate to first base in MLB?

The distances between the plates are 90 feet. The distance
between home plate and first base is 90 feet. First base to second
base is 90 feet. Second base to third base is 90 feet. Third base
to home plate is also 90 feet. Additionally, the distance between
first and third base straight across is 127 feet.

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### If the bases are 70 apart the distance from home plate to second base is?

A squared plus B squared equals C squared. You are looking at an
equilateral right triangle. The angle between the line from home
plate to first base and from first base to second base is 90
degrees. The distance from home plate to first base and from first
base to second base is the same. Using this formula, you can find
the distance from home plate to second base no matter what the
distance between bases is. (By the way, this works out to about
98.99 feet.)
Actually, the formula is: The square root of A squared
plus B squared equals C squared.

###### Asked in Baseball Rules and Regulations

### When was the first year of the ground rule double?

1888 was the first year for the ground rule double. However back
then it was for a batted fair ball that cleared the fence that was
less than 210 feet from home plate. It was changed in 1892, the
distance now being less than 235 feet from home plate. In 1926 it
was changed again, this time the distance was less than 250 feet.
Finally in 1932 it was changed to a fair batted ball that bounces
over or goes through a fence or into the stands.