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What are the rules of the first base running lane?

Author's Note

They say you learn something new every day, and I sure did when I researched this article. Despite having attended a fair number of ballgames in my lifetime, I never noticed the first-base running lane, let alone knew anything about it. Now I'm anxious to watch another game and look for it.

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