I am doing a little research about the history of the rules of major league baseball
and I am stuck. Since brewcrewball is the largest conglomeration of smart baseball people I know of on the internet, I figured I'd seek help here:
Specifically, I am looking at Rule 9.02(a) "Any umpire's decision which involves judgment, such as, but not limited to, whether a batted ball is fair or foul, whether a pitch is a strike or a ball, or whether a runner is safe or out, is final. No player, manager, coach or substitute shall object to any such judgment decisions." and Rule 9.02(a) Comment "Players leaving their positions in the field or on base, or managers or coaches leaving the bench or coaches box, to argue on BALLS AND STRIKES will not be permitted. They should be warned if they start for the plate to protest the call. If they continue, they will be ejected from the game."
I need to know when and why Rule 9.02(a) Comment was added to the official rules. I imagine it was added to avoid delay to the game, but I would like an authoritative source for that. The reason that this has been difficult is that I do not know where to locate a copy of the Notes/Case Book/Comments section of the Official Baseball Rules from before 1977 when they were added directly into the Official Baseball Rules.
If anyone has ideas as to where I might find an answer to this question, I would be forever grateful.
So far I have asked the baseball HOF Giamatti Research Center, called the Milwaukee Brewers, called Major League Baseball, used the Milwaukee Public Library and the Marquette University Library reference staff/looked through most of the books available on the history of the rules of baseball, used google/googlebooks, lexisnexus but to no avail.