Originally Posted by westofyou
NL jumped over with it in 1901, Al 03. It helped the batters in the 1890's a HUGE hitting era, one that was taking on the 2nd decade of overhand pitching and the first of a mound and 60 feet. Once they counted as strikes it helped pitcher tremendously. Cy Young's manager in Cleveland felt it helped Cy later on. And coincides with the dead ball era that was as much as result of large fields and other changes as it was because of a dead ball.
Interesting, thanks for that info.