BASEBALL: A PROBLEM
I am a retired Methodist preacher, 74 years old. In my youth I did some wrestling, amateur fighting and taught some wrestling in college.
I am posing you an interesting problem in baseball deduction; I have not as yet solved this.
From Item 1 I know that neither Smith nor Brown was the pitcher. From Item 2 I know that neither Hunter, Knight nor White was the first baseman. It is an interesting set of problems of elimination.
Here is the problem:
Nine men—Brown, White, Adams, Miller, Green, Hunter, Knight, Jones and Smith—play positions on the baseball team.
The battery is the pitcher and catcher; the infield consists of the first, second and third basemen and the shortstop, the outfield of right, left and center fielders.
Determine from the following data the positions each plays.
1) Smith and Brown each won $10 playing poker with the pitcher.
2) Hunter is taller than Knight and shorter than White but each of these weighs more than the first baseman.
3) The third baseman lives across the corridor from Jones in the same apartment house.