Baseball has captured the minds and hearts of millions of people around the globe for generations. Get ready to learn some interesting facts about the great national pastime!
1) Your chances of getting hit by a baseball are around 1 in 300,000.
2) The Boston Americans won the first World Series in 1903 against the Pittsburg Pirates.
3) With 27 titles the New York Yankees have most World Series wins.
4) In 1990 Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. became the first father and son to ever play on the same team (Seattle Mariners). In another baseball first this father and son duo even hit back-to-back home runs!
5) Of all the equipment used in baseball, it’s the glove that has undergone the most change in design.
6) The Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first professional baseball team in 1869.
7) The Dominican Republic, Taiwan, Venezuela and Cuba also consider baseball their national sport.
8) As per MLB rule 4.01(c), a special mud from a secret location in New Jersey is used to rub baseballs before each game to improve grip and reduce shine.
9) The youngest player to ever play in an MLB game was Joe Nuxhall. He was 15 years old when he played for the Cincinnati Reds in 1944.
10) The fastest pitch ever recorded was thrown by Aroldis Chapman and clocked at 105.1 MPH!
11) The fastest game ever lasted just 51 minutes! It took place in 1919 between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Giants won 6-1.
12) Although “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is one of baseball’s most beloved songs and unofficial anthem, it was written in 1908 by two men who had never actually been to a ballgame before writing the song.
13) The largest baseball bat in the world weighs 68,000 pounds and 120 feet tall. It’s located at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.
14) The 1909 Honus Wagner T206 baseball card is the most expensive with a value of $2.8 million.
15) Umpires are required to wear black underwear in the rare event that their pants split.
The next time you’re in the stands, sipping on a cold beverage, reflect on these facts to bring some more excitement and thrill to the game!
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
— Babe Ruth