The top of the rubber is to be no higher than ten inches (25.4 cm) above home plate. From 1903 through 1968, this height limit was set at 15 inches, but was often slightly higher, sometimes as high as 20 inches (50.8 cm), especially for teams that emphasized pitching.
The lowering of the mound in 1969 was intended to "increase the batting" once again, as pitching had become increasingly dominant, reaching its peak the prior year; 1968 is known among Baseball historians as "The Year of the Pitcher". This restrictive rule apparently did its job, contributing to the hitting surge of modern baseball.
The pitchers mound was created in the late 1800's. It was put in to create a downward angle for the pitches, and to help the pitcher generate speed when sloping downhill. The height was originally 10 inches, but was raised to 15 in 1903. Over the years, hitting went down, and the mound was lowered back to ten inches.
Following the 1968 season the pitching mound was lowered from 15 inches to 10. Pitchers had reached unprecedented success in 1968, highlighted by Bob Gibson's 1.12 ERA. Lowering the mound helped the hitters.
Prior to 1903, a pitching mound in MLB could be any height desired by the home team -- even zero if they didn't want any mound at all. From that year until 1968, a REGULATION mound had to be 15 inches higher than home plate. In that year, that height has been reduced to 10 inches. It has been a long-standing cheat for a home team with good pitchers to add height to the mound. Doing so has almost never been caught, simply because mound height (too high or too low) benefits (or hinders) both teams equally -- thus, nobody bothers to challenge it.
MLB lowered the pitching mound from 15 inches to 10 inches for the 1969 season.
MLB lowered the mound height from 15 inches to 10 inches for the 1969 season.
It was 17 inches high until 1970 when MLB changed the height to 10 inches high.
pitchers mound 54 or 56 feet bases 80 feet
in high school, the distance was changed this year from 40 to 43 feet. this gives the hitters an advantage
9 to 12 years old little league regulation is 46 feet mound to plate
Probably only about 25-30 feet since it's not even kid pitch.
The year the pitching mound was introduced and the pitching distance was moved to 60 feet, 6 inches was 1893.
its a very new add on to the mound ... i wont to say this is it first year ... but i think ive seen it last year on the player mound ...
The pitcher's mound was introduced in 1893. Prior to 1893, there was a 4 foot wide by 5 1/2 foot long box on flat ground that the pitchers pitched from. The pitcher could put his back foot anywhere along the 4 footback line of the box, which was 55 1/2 feet from home plate, to start his delivery. In 1893, to create more offense, the box was replaced with a raised mound and a rubber slab from where the pitcher could start his delivery. The rubber slab was 12 inches in length and positioned 60 1/2 feet from home plate. With the pitched ball having to travel an extra five feet and the pitcher not being able to use a wide angle to deliver the pitch, the league batting average rose 35 points in 1893 and another 29 points in 1894.
14 by multiple pitchers, including Rollie Fingers.
54' to front of pitching rubber.