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When I played Babe Ruth ball, we successfully executed this play twice when I was playing, once when I was pitching and another when I was playing first. The first when I was 13 was a night game in extra innings and I remember the mosquitos being so bad that you could hardly see due to that so when I “threw it away” it was an easy sell. The second time when I was 15, day game and our only player on the bench that game sat on the edge of the dugout next to the fence the entire game to set it up so in one of the last innings no one thought anything of him sitting there and he slapped the fence to make it seem like the ball hit it.
Boy the circumstances have to be perfect though to execute (close game, very loud chatter, late innings, etc. Good times.
We pulled this off once in a high school game when I was pitching. The next inning I got a base hit and when standing on first base, the other team’s first baseman said to me, “You picked the one guy on our team who would fall for it”.