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When and why did they start wearing batting and catching helmets?


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2006-01-09 21:18:46
2006-01-09 21:18:46

Retrieved from "http:en.wikipedia.org the free encyclopedia A batting helmet is the protective headgear worn by batters in a game of baseball of softball. It is meant ot protect the batter from stray pitches thrown by the pitcher. Batting helmets were not required in Major League Baseball until 1956, a result of several years of hospitalizations due to injury form hits to the head. Occasionally, a player who perceives a higher-than-normal risk of head injury will wear a batting helmet in the playing field. One notable example is current major-leaguer John Olerud, who started doing so after undergoing emergency surgery for a cerebral aneurysm while attending Washington State University.

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