The Art of Sign Stealing
Date of Event: September 1, 1900
Teams have always given signs to relay instructions, and the fine art of sign stealing has been practiced and remains today, as long as signs have been given. In September of 1900, a box with a mechanical contrivance was uncovered in the 3rd base coach’s box at Phillies’ Huffington Stadium, proving why the Phillies might have been so successful at home that season. It became clear quite early that teams will try almost anything to steal each other’s signs.