Baseball is the sport that Americans recognize as their “national pastime”, though the game has gained worldwide popularity and has growing followers in Asian and Latin American countries. Baseball was brought by immigrants to North America which was further modified to the current version. By the late 19th century, baseball was widely recognized as the national sport of the United States. Currently, it is majorly followed in North America and parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and East Asia, particularly Japan.
America’s one of the favorite sports baseball is a bat and ball game played between two teams of nine players each. The batting team attempts to score runs by hitting a ball that is thrown by the pitcher with a bat swung by the batter, then running anticlockwise around a series of four bases: first, second, third, and home plate. A run is scored when a player advances around the bases and returns to home plate.
Seeing the acceptance of the game worldwide, 1sports has picked up some interesting facts about it.
Here are some of the interesting facts about Baseball.
- The first World Series was played between Pittsburgh and Boston in 1903 and was a nine-game series. Boston won the series 5-3.
- The New York Yankees have won 26 World Series titles, which is more than any other team.
- Former Yankees right fielder Mickey Mantle holds the record for most career home runs (18) and RBI (40) in World Series history.
- Don Baylor is the only player who played in three straight World Series for three different teams.
- The life span of a major league baseball is 5–7 pitches. During a typical game, approximately 70 balls are used.
- While baseball initially started in the U.S., with time it has gained worldwide popularity. Today more than 100 countries are part of the International Baseball Federation. Japan has the largest pro baseball league outside the U.S.
- Baseball’s L.A. Dodgers, was originally founded in Brooklyn, and named after the legendary skill that local residents showed at “dodging” the city’s trolley streetcar system.
- In 2014, Major League Baseball saw approximately $9 billion in gross revenue, up from $8 billion the previous year.
- A “can of corn” is an easy fly ball. The term comes from when old-time grocers used their aprons to catch cans knocked from a high shelf.
- Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. didn’t miss a single game in 16 years. He played in 2,632 consecutive games from April 30, 1982 to Sept. 19, 1998.
- In 2001, San Francisco’s Barry Bonds broke the all-time single-season home run record when he hit 73. He broke the mark of 70, set by St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire in 1998.
- Pitcher Nolan Ryan played 27 seasons in Major League Baseball and struck out more batters in his career than any other pitcher.
- San Francisco’s Barry Bonds has won the National League MVP Award seven times. That’s four more than Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, and Mike Schmidt, his closest NL co-winners. On the American League MVP list are Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, and Mickey Mantle with three awards each.
- Philadelphia A’s (now the Oakland Athletics) manager Connie Mack has 3,755 career victories, more than any other manager in history.
- The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum is located in Cooperstown, N.Y. It was created in 1935 to celebrate baseball’s 100th anniversary.
- The oldest baseball park, Fenway Park, is still in use. It’s the home field of the Boston Red Sox, which debuted in 1912.
- For the first half of the 20th century, major league teams barred African-Americans from participating in its baseball games. However, African-Americans formed “Negro Leagues,” which had some of the greatest players of the century.
- The first U.S. president to throw the ceremonial first ball was William Howard Taft (a former semipro baseball player) on April 14, 1910. American presidents, except Jimmy Carter, have been throwing out the first ball on Opening Day ever since.
- Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first father and son to play in the major leagues as teammates for the Seattle Mariners in 1990. On September 14, 1990, they hit back-to-back home runs, creating another father-son baseball first.
- The first pro baseball game ever to be aired on television was on August 26, 1939. It was a doubleheader between Brooklyn and Cincinnati.