Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
I think, if anything, the frequency of collisions and spikes and rough play around the bases has decreased.
From what my faulty brain can remember of the 60's and 70's, guys getting clobbered on the bases was a routine thing. It was expected. About when guys started getting really big money, they started taking offense at it. Which was around the same time that getting knocked down at the plate stopped being OK and mounds got charged.
All completely subjective.
And FWIW, if you don't like collisions, then don't play catcher. I don't like guys getting hurt, but if you put yourself in harms way, you might have to pay the price.
Running into the catcher became really in vogue about 110 years ago when shin guards appeared and runs were scarce, the 60's and 70's were very scarce run wise, the Fosse collision is famous for its violence, and was essentially Rose's introduction to the country's casual baseball fans.
The need for that run in that game has always been debated, but it was a product of the era, and that same era produced 3 years earlier a 15 inning game for the AS game that was a 2-1 final.
Runs are gold