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Baseball Facts

By Edited Jan 26, 2014 0 0

The very first World Series was played in 1903 between Pittsburgh and Boston. Boston won with a score of 5 to 3.

The New York Yankees have won more World Series than any other team, at a total of 26 World Series titles.

Mickey Mantle holds the world record for the most career home runs as well as runs batted in and World Series history. The former Yankees right fielder had 18 home runs and 40 RBIs.

There have been a total of 14 players who have hit four home runs in one single game. They are Lou Gehrig, Mark Whiten, Shawn Green, Bob Horner, Ed Delahanty, Pat Seerey, Bobby Lowe, Joe Adcock, Mike Cameron, Gil Hodges, Rocky Colavito, Willie Mays, Chuck Klein and Mike Schmidt.

Piped baseball pants were first introduced in 1907.

The shortest baseball player was Eddie Gaedel who was 3'7" tall. The tallest baseball player is Jon Rauch who was a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins. He stood at 6'11" tall.

The game of baseball was created by Alexander Cartwright. The first known game with rules that were written by him was played on June 19, 1846.

The longest game that was played lasted for eight hours and 6 minutes. It was played between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago White Sox. Due to Major League Baseball rules stating that an inning cannot start after 1:00 AM, fans and players had to return the next day to finish the game.

Cal Hubbard is the only person who is in both the baseball Hall of Fame and the football Hall of Fame.

Nolan Ryan
Nolan Ryan spent 27 years in the game which is the longest career in the history of baseball.

The national baseball Hall of Fame was introduced in 1935 in New York. It was created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of baseball.

In a major league baseball game, there is 90 feet distance between the bases. The distance from the pitcher's mound to home plate is 60 feet and 8 inches.

There is a unique role of this game that many people may not know but that is something that happens before each game. All of the umpires remove the shine from each baseball by rubbing it with location specific mud. The mud only comes from a certain area in Burlington County, New Jersey. The umpires rub around six dozen balls before each game.

In each game, there are 12,386,344 possible plays.

The odds of a fan being struck by a ball in a game are 300,000 to 1.

A regulation play baseball has 108 stitches.

In 1965, the annual salary for a baseball player was only $6,000.

Actor Robert Redford had a baseball scholarship when he attended the University of Colorado.

The largest baseball card collection is located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It houses 200,000 cards.

Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts is the oldest baseball stadium still being used. It has been in operation for around a century.

The largest baseball bat in the world is housed in Kentucky at the Louisville Slugger Museum. The bat weighs 68,000 and is 120 feet long.
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