Baseball and its sibling, softball, are some of America’s dearest pastimes.
Every season, more and more children make their first forays into sports by playing tee-ball or other varieties of youth baseball. Once they start playing the game, most become interested enough to want to learn more about the game.
Baseball at the highest level has enjoyed well over 100 years of popularity. Over the years, some crazy happenings have contributed to the history and lore surrounding the game.
- Babe Ruth, one of the all-time great baseball players, used to place a lettuce leaf beneath his cap and change it every two innings. It kept his head cool!
- The Louisville Slugger Museum in Kentucky is home to the world’s largest baseball bat (length: 120 feet; weight: 68,000 pounds)!
- The shortest player in Major League Baseball history was Eddie Gaedel, who stood only an astonishing 3 feet, 7 inches tall!
- A regulation softball diamond is significantly smaller than a baseball diamond. A baseball diamond has 90 feet between each base as compared to 60 feet between each fastpitch softball base.
- Cal Hubbard, a Major League umpire, is the only referee to have worked football games as well as baseball games.
- The Albuquerque Isotopes minor league team was named in honor of a fictional baseball team from the popular cartoon, The Simpsons.
- The typical lifespan of a baseball in the major leagues is a mere five to seven pitches. During any game, approximately 70 different balls are used!
- The World Baseball/Softball Confederation was formed in 2013 and is physically located in Lausanne, Switzerland, which is also home of the International Olympics Committee.
- Jim Abbott was born with just one hand. He went on to have an 11-year career as a pitcher in the MLB, highlighted by his ‘no-hitter’ game in 1993!
- The legendary New York Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle still has the most career home runs (18) and runs batted in (40) in the history of the World Series.
- The longest MLB baseball game in recorded history? The Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers once played an exhausting eight-hour-and-six-minute marathon!
- The first U.S. president to begin a season with a ceremonial first pitch was William Howard Taft (once a semi-pro player himself) on April 14, 1910. Nearly all American presidents, with the exception of Jimmy Carter, have thrown first pitches on Opening Day ever since.
- Texan fireballer Nolan Ryan holds the record for the longest career in the game’s history: his staggering 27 years stretched from 1966 to 1993!
- The most beloved and prevalent ballpark snack? The hot dog! Fans ate 21,357,316 hot dogs and 5,508,887 sausages at games during the 2014 Major League Baseball campaign. That’s enough wieners to stretch from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles to Chicago’s Wrigley Field!
- Legendary U.S. National Team softball pitcher Jennie Finch has struck out so many male major leaguers that many have since refused to come on her ‘This Week in Baseball’ TV segment to face her.
- The baseball card that’s most sought-after and most valuable to collectors is the rare 1909 Honus Wagner T206 baseball card. A mint-condition card is worth about 2.8 million dollars!
We hope you learned something new from these amazing baseball facts!
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