This day in baseball: The pitching machine

The first automated pitching machine was invented by Charles E. Hinton, a mathematics professor at Princeton University.  On December 15, 1896, Hinton’s invention was made public through a demonstration at the university’s gymnasium.  The machine represented a rifle, shooting pitches towards the batter.

Arch near the Princeton campus, erected 1896 (Princeton University)

Arch near the Princeton campus, erected 1896 (Princeton University)