How many ways can you reach first base safely?

Start with the obvious (base hit) and work your way up from there. The best answer goes to the one that can name the most.


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1. Walk
2. Intentional walk
3. Hit by pitch
4. Dropped third strike
5. Failure to deliver pitch within 20 seconds
6. Catcher interference
7. Fielder interference
8. Spectator interference
9. Fan obstruction
10. Fair ball hits umpire
11. Fair ball hits runner
12. Fielder obstructs runner
13. Pinch-runner
14. Fielder's choice
15. Force out at another base
16. Preceding runner put-out allows batter to reach first
17. Sacrifice bunt fails to advance runner
18. Sacrifice fly dropped
19. Runner called out on appeal
20. Error
21. Four illegal pitches
22. If a game is suspended with a runner on first and that player is traded prior to the makeup, another player can take his place
23. Hit

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well, there is the obvious the base hit

you have the walk, the intentional walk, throwing error, and hit by a pitch

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You can reach first base safely the following ways:
1. A base hit
2. You can reach on an error
3. You can be hit by a pitch
4. You can be walked by the pitcher
5. The catcher can drop the 3rd strike and if you reach first before the throw you will be safe.
6. Fielders choice (I believe if we are going by official scorer's rules)
7. Catcher's interference
8. Fielder's interference

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Walk, intentional walk, hit by pitch, dropped third strike, failure to deliver pitch within 20 seconds, catcher interference, fielder interference, spectator interference, fan obstruction ... isn't that ... fair ball hits umpire, fair ball hits runner, fielder obstructs runner, pinch-runner, fielder's choice, force out at another base ... aren't those ... preceding runner put-out allows batter to reach first, sac bunt fails to advance runner, sac fly dropped, runner called out on appeal ... wait, which ... error, four illegal pitches, and if a game is suspended with a runner on first and that player is traded prior to the makeup, another player can take his place. That's only 22. Oh, right. Single. Borrring. John Thorn, co-editor, Total Baseball: Two players stole first, Germany Schaefer in 1907 and Fred Tenney around 1900, but they did it from second. The idea was to induce a throw so the runner on third could score. Tricky. I suppose, but it didn't work. And now it's illegal. Pity. You know, Ned Cuthbert of the Philadelphia Keystones invented the stolen base in 1865. Rapscallion. Baseball was primarily intended to provoke mirth. Verily. The main amusement was not to hit lusty blows, but the exposition of spry fielding and nimble baserunning. Huzzah! So credit for a steal was based on pluck, like taking an extra base or stretching a single.

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Hit, walk, IBB, error, dropped third strike, hit by pitch, fielder's choice, catcher's interference, hitting the base runner w/ a ground ball grants the batter the base,

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everyone forgot about the balk!

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(1) Base hit (2) Walk (3) Pitcher balk (4) Fielder's choice (5) Defensive error (6) If the batter can reach first before the pitcher can get the ball there on a dropped 3rd strike (7) Hit batsman (8) catcher's balk-with men on base the catcher does not get back to catcher's box before receiving a pitch, (9) catcher's interference with batsman.
These are the only legal ways. There are some other ways people think the batter should be awarded first base, but they are not used.

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being put into the game as a pinch runner

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