Football, baseball, basketball and hockey were all invented by Canadians. cbc.ca/sportslongform/ent…
The man credited with writing the song β€œTake Me Out To The Ballgame” had never been to a baseball game when he wrote it jugssports.com/blog/the-t…
Today I learned about Grayson's syndrome, a syndrome so rare it's named after the only known case who is a little boy obsessed with baseball. youtu.be/LAXwsHAKCZA
A California couple’s pet cat stole more than 600 items from neighbors, including gloves, towels, bubble wrap, a San Francisco Giants baseball cap, and even a bikini. The kleptomaniac kitty’s record was 11 items in 24 hours. sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
One day after the sudden death of MLB pitcher Jose Fernandez, the Marlins all wore his jersey and even hit a home run after his field tribute. This is considered by many to be one of the most emotional moments in baseball history. youtu.be/Lc3WZVYwFgM
No Major League Baseball player has ever worn the number 86 or 89. Every other number between 0-99 has been worn by at least one player mlb.com/amp/news/every-ba…
Baseball legend George Brett was the inspiration behind Lorde’s hit "Royals" consequenceofsound.net/20…
Ray Chapman is the only Major League Baseball player to die during a game. He was hit in the head by a pitch thrown by Yankees pitcher Carl Mays. It led to Major League Baseball banning the spit ball. sportscasting.com/yankees…
In 1911 there was a baseball team made up of death row inmates who had been told that as long as they kept wining games, their executions would be delayed. nypost.com/2014/09/14/the…
When Albuquerque got a minor league baseball team in 2003, the nickname that was chosen was the Isotopes, based on the Springfield Isotopes from The Simpsons. This also occurred after a 2001 episode where the team attempted to leave Springfield for Albuquerque. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The first black baseball player wasn't Jackie Robinson, but rather Moses Fleetwood Walker, who played in the 1880s despite rampant racism. He was also an inventor, newspaper editor, hotel owner, opera house manager, postal worker, and a published author on race theory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
Hall of Fame Baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan was in the league long enough to strikeout 7 pairs of fathers and sons when they eventually joined the league later on his career. 80sbaseball.com/16-ridicu…
Homer Simpson is in The Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. mlb.com/cut4/homer-simpso…
Since the 1950s, every baseball in an MLB game has to be rubbed with mud harvested from a secret location, and the same family has been doing it for three generations si.com/mlb/2019/08/07/bas…
Today I learned of Brady Feigl a 6'4" redheaded minor league baseball pitcher in the Oakland Athletics system and Brady Feigl a 6'4" redheaded minor league baseball pitcher in the Texas Rangers system. Despite being each others doppelganger, DNA test did not indicate they were related to each other. huffpost.com/entry/baseba…
In 1919, during a baseball game, the pitcher (Ray Caldwell) was struck by a bolt of lightning. He stayed in to throw the complete game. baseballessential.com/new…
The first known use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in baseball was in 1899, when Hall of Fame pitcher Pud Galvin received an injection of crushed dog and guinea pig testicles vice.com/en_us/article/yp…
Today I learned about a popular carnival game where people threw baseballs at living black people. snopes.com/fact-check/rac…
During the "Red Scare" of the McCarthyism era, in 1953 the Cincinnati Reds baseball team changed its name to the Redlegs, only reverting back to Reds after the 1959 season. espn.com/blog/sweetspot/p…
Amphetamines "greenies" were widely used for over 40 years by professional Baseball players until they were banned around 2006 manginphotography.net/200…
Babe Ruth once put on a fake beard so he could play baseball for a team made up of religious cult members mashable.com/2017/05/20/h…
Theodore Roosevelt watched Duke Ellington ( a famous black pianist) and his friends play baseball when he was very young sportingnews.com/us/mlb/n…
William White, a black student at Brown University, posed as a white man to become the first black man to play major league baseball. sabr.org/gamesproj/game/j…
Billy Ripken’s 1989 Fleer baseball card has the words β€œF*ckFace” written on the bat due to a prank from teammates. cnbc.com/id/28116692
Former baseball player Lenny Dykstra claimed he blackmailed umps to get better calls espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/1…
Today I learned about Herb Abrams, the UWF wrestling promoter who died from a heart attack after being arrested by police for being covered in cocaine and baby oil, while chasing two hookers in his office with a baseball bat, all while being completely naked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Evel Knievel tried to beat a man to death with a baseball bat in 1977 for writing a book that portrayed Knievel as "an immoral person". news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameri…
Despite having an intense rivalry lasting 125 years, Major League Baseball's Dodgers and Giants have never faced each other in the post season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dod…
Today I learned about Toni Stone, the first woman to ever play professional baseball as a regular on a big-league team. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
A carnival game called "Hit the baby ni****" existed between the 1880s and as late as the 1950s. This game was sometimes played with live humans who would attempt to dodge eggs or baseballs thrown at them. As popularity faded the game was replaced with the dunk tanks we know today. snopes.com/fact-check/rac…
Today I learned about Moe Berg, the β€œstrangest man to ever play baseball,” who spoke several languages and found a post-baseball career as a US spy during World War II and was ordered to kill Werner Heisenberg if the Nazis came close to building a nuclear bomb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moe…
Although Nolan Ryan holds 51 Major League Baseball records including most no-hitters thrown, most strikeouts, and the lowest batting average allowed over a career, he never won the Cy Young Award. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nol…
Ten years ago (June 2, 2010) baseball pitcher Armando Galarraga nearly became the 21st person to pitch a perfect game. However umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly ruled that opposing team batter Jason Donald reached first base safely on a ground ball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
Ty Cobb had his tonsils removed without anesthesia and then played a baseball game later that day latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The full lyrics of "Take me Out to the Ball Game" reveal the song was a feminist anthem about a woman wanting to go see a baseball game rather than go on a date to a show. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In 1925 an all African-American baseball team, the Wichita Monrovians, played against a team sponsored by and made up of Ku Klux Klan members. The Monrovians won 10-8. wbur.org/onlyagame/2012/0…
When legendary baseball player Yogi Berra died in 2015, the Associated Press obituary accidentally announced the death of Yogi Bear. observer.com/2015/09/aps-…
Ted Williams, baseball hall of famer, last to hit .400 in a season, flew fighter jets in the Korean War. He survived a belly landing that enflamed his F9F Panther, and half of his missions he flew as John Glenn’s (first American to orbit earth) wingman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
Derby County FC, ground is called the the baseball ground. As it was used for play baseball between 1890 and 1898. Then for football (soccer) 1895 to 1997. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Future World Series-winning manager Terry Francona managed the Double-A Birmingham Barons in 1994 when Michael Jordan played a season of minor league baseball with the Barons nbcsports.com/boston/red-…
Now Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was instrumental in ending the 1994-95 MLB Baseball Strike en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
In Japan, establishments like banks & convenience stores visibly keep baseball-sized orange orbs behind the counter. These β€œanticrime color balls” are filled with bright pigment that burst on impact & are for employees to lob at robbers (or getaway vehicles) to improve the chance of arrest. japantimes.co.jp/news/200…
As a kid in DC, Duke Ellington loved to play baseball. Sometimes Teddy Roosevelt, who was President at the time, would ride by on his horse and stop to watch Duke & his friends play. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duk…
Buddy, the golden retriever that played the original Air Bud, is the same dog that played Comet on Full House. In 1989, his owner originally found him as a stray in the Sierra Nevada. He took Buddy in and trained him to play basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and hockey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
The Field of Dreams still exists in Iowa. You can take a tour of the house, the field and they have games where the players dress up like the old teams and come out to the baseball field through the corn field. fieldofdreamsmoviesite.co…
Finland has their own version of baseball with a different layout. Players score runs when they reach 3rd base and score again when they reach home, along with various other different rules. youtu.be/zDrLcPxSBRk
The first-ever professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, went undefeated for their first 71 games. sabr.org/gamesproj/game/j…
Ken Griffey Jr. attempted suicide at the age of 18, right before the start of his Hall of Fame baseball career nesn.com/2016/01/ken-grif…
Today I learned about The Legend of Jon Dowd. Due to Barry Bones not allowing his likeness in MVP Baseball 2005 they created a player using his attributes and the name of an assistant producer. His ability in the game led him to be regarded as one of the best virtual athletes of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MVP…
A "curse" was placed on the Hanshin Tigers baseball team when they threw a Colonel Sanders statue into a Dotonbori River to celebrate their 1985 Japan Championship Series win, causing them to lose every championship after that from 1985 to present. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
The NCAA record for highest rushing yards per carry in a season belongs to none other than the first black player in Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
9 of 10 of the teams in the Korean Baseball League are named after the companies that own them, such as the Kia Tigers and the LG Twins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KBO…
Today I learned about a baseball team that literally played for their lives. An integrated team of death-row inmates was assembled, called The Penitentiary All Stars, played against other local teams in Wyoming, and earned the prison officials money from gambling. Winning earned the team stays of execution. nypost.com/2014/09/14/the…
Michael Jordan turned down MLB offer from Oakland A's so he could 'do the baseball thing from the ground up' cbssports.com/nba/news/mi…
In 1951 the St. Louis Browns used Eddie Gaedel, a little person, to pinch hit for an easy walk. It was the first and last time a little person played in a Major League Baseball game. espn.com/classic/s/moment…
Sammy Byrd is the only person to have played in a World Series of baseball and competed in golf's Masters Tournament. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
In 2019 the Topps trading card company released a set of baseball cards that also had Charles Martinet (Mario's Voice Actor : Card 171) and Ben Schwartz (Sonic's Voice Actor in the Movie : Card 173). cardboardconnection.com/2…
Miller Park is the only major league baseball stadium where the top selling food item is not hot dogs. It’s bratwurst. onlyinyourstate.com/wisco…
The lowest attendance for a Major League Baseball game was April 29, 2015, when zero fans saw the Chicago White Sox play the Baltimore Orioles. Due to civil unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, there was insufficient security available and no fans were allowed in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
The Cuban Missile Crisis began when a CIA operative noticed soccer fields on a Cuban Military Base. β€œCubans play baseball, Russians play soccer” cnn.com/2014/06/05/us/col…
When House Speaker Tip O'Neill showed Ronald Reagan the desk of former president Grover Cleveland, Reagan remarked that he'd played Cleveland in a film. O'Neill reminded him that Reagan had actually played Grover Cleveland Alexander, a baseball player. sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
There will be five new sports debuting in the 2020 Summer Olympics: Skateboarding, Rock climbing, Surfing, Baseball/Softball, and Karate gritdaily.com/new-sports-…
Pro wrestler Randy Savage played minor league baseball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Two famous baseball players, Joe Garagiola Sr. and Yogi Berra, grew up across the street from each other and were childhood friends. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
The Baseball Rule holds that a baseball team cannot be held liable for injuries suffered by a spectator struck by a foul ball batted into the stands as long as the team has offered some protected seating en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
In 1992 Toronto Blue Jays baseball player Joe Carter pulled an amazing prank on teammate Derek Bell by pretending to raffle off his car mid-game. He rode onto the field in it and the announcer read off a fake winning ticket youtube.com/watch?v=rtIyl…
The highest-energy particle (at time of measurement in 1991) had the energy equivalent of a baseball traveling at 58mph (94km/h). There's evidence it was a single proton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh-…
Today I learned of "Art Trading Cards", baseball-sized cards with original artwork that are intended to be collected and traded emptyeasel.com/2008/06/26…
Babe Ruth wore chilled cabbage leafs under his baseball hat to keep cool. He’d replace them every couple of innings. biography.com/news/babe-r…
Baseball legend Yogi Berra had 2148 hits for the New York Yankees. He decided to end his career with the New York Mets. He had 2 hits with the Mets before retiring. baseball-reference.com/pl…
Statistical analysis of 6619 generals found that Napoleon Bonaparte had a Wins Above Replacement score (a statistical measure originating from baseball which determines a player's importance to victory) that was 23 standard deviations above the average general. towardsdatascience.com/na…
The term β€œrain check” originated in baseball. Fans who were at a game that was rained out were given a rain check to redeem at another game. The term did not gain widespread use outside of the United States until the 1970’s funtrivia.com/askft/Quest…
Many MLB players had fathers who played professional baseball but only one had a mother who did-Casey Cadaele en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
In the 1910s, there was a US baseball team made up of death-row prisoners, whose executions were delayed so long as they kept winning. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Baseball great Rogers Hornsby never went to movies or read books, convinced that it would harm a batter's eyesight. He still holds the 2nd-highest career batting average in MLB history at .358 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rog…
Baseball legend Ted Williams set shooting records while training to be a fighter pilot and flew as astronaut John Glenn's wing-man during the Korean War. baseballhall.org/discover…
Baseball player Babe Dahlgren was the first professional athlete to take a drug test after he was accused of smoking marijuana in 1940. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Before the American Civil War, baseball was played with either the New York Rules (today’s game) or Massachusetts Rules. Mass Rules there were no fouls, defenders had to throw and hit runners with the ball to get them out, runners could use the whole field to dodge the ball, and game was to 100! baseball-almanac.com/rule…
"Midget" Gaedel was a baseball player 3'7" tall and had a strike-zone of 1.5 inches. The owner told him he had a $1 million life insurance policy on him and if he attempted to swing rifleman on the roof of the stadium would shoot. He is the reason commissioners have to approve all contracts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
In 1897, baseball pitcher Amos Rusie threw and errant fastball so hard that it struck the batter and put him in a coma. Rusie was the catalyst for officials to move the pitching distance back 10 feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amo…
Slot machines make more money in the United States than baseball, movies, and theme parks combined. cbsnews.com/news/slot-mac…
The mascot of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pirate Parrot, was implicated for buying cocaine and introducing professional baseball players to a drug dealer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maj…
Baseball player Khris Davis managed to have the same batting average in four consecutive seasons (2015 - 2018) baseball-reference.com/pl…
At Baseball games in Japan it's only women that server beer, not men. The young women (who are between the ages of 16 to 24) wear special backpacks that contain a miniature keg of beer. japantimes.co.jp/life/201…
In 1948 Babe Ruth, who was struggling with cancer at the time, met future president George H. W. Bush who at the time was the captain of Yale University's baseball team. nhregister.com/news/artic…
The Honas Wagner card; the most expensive baseball card in the world is so rare because it was sold by the 'American Tobacco Company'. Wagner was a non smoker and he threatened to seek legal action against ATC so they stopped producing it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Today I learned about the Babe Ruth Story, a 1948 biopic of the eponymous baseball star that is considered to be the worst baseball film ever made. In it, Babe Ruth is portrayed as miraculously healing several children and a dog with his baseball antics. tht.fangraphs.com/bombing…
A "no pitch" in baseball that is ruled to be not a ball, a strike or a balk. One of the most well-known examples of this is when Randy Johnson hit a bird with a pitch in 2001; the ball was ruled dead, as was the bird. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_…
Frank Goldsmith, Jr., a Titanic survivor who later lived near Navin Field (Tiger Stadium) in Detroit, never took his children to baseball games because the roar of the crowd reminded him of the screams of people dying in the freezing water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned about the Oh-My-God Particle, a proton traveling at about 99.99999999999999999999951% the speed of light. It is the fastest moving object ever recorded and as it hit the atmosphere it carried the kinetic energy equivalent to a baseball traveling at 50MPH, all in one particle. phys.org/news/2011-06-oh-…
When Al Capone discovered that three of his men were conspiring against him, he invited them over for dinner. After a night of drinking, Capone beat the men with a baseball bat and then ordered his bodyguards to shoot them, a scene that was included in the 1987 film The Untouchables. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
Sammy Sosa, the famous Cubs slugger who is the only baseball player to ever score 60+ homeruns in a single season three times, is also the only player to ever achieve the 'Platinum Sombrero' (striking out five times in a single game) more than three times. sbnation.com/2013/6/21/44…
Baseball player Ty Cobb was supportive of blacks and whites playing together en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ty_…
Cy Young established himself as one of the harder throwing pitchers in the sport. In the absence of radar guns, its difficult to say just how hard Young actually threw. Zimmer the catcher put a piece of beefsteak inside his baseball glove to protect his catching hand from Young's fastball. baseball.fandom.com/wiki/…
Former Major League Baseball player MoisΓ©s Alou urinates on his hands to alleviate calluses, which he claims allows him to bat without using batting gloves en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uri…
In the 19th century, Qing government officials found the behavior of the foreign-educated students to be "un-Chinese". Chinese students sent to study in the US adopted Western practices such as playing baseball, wearing shirts and pants instead of traditional robes and had their queues cut off wikivisually.com/wiki/Zha…
During World War II, the U.S. military designed a grenade to be the size and weightof a baseball, since "any young American man should be able to properly throw it." thebalancecareers.com/the…
Today I learned of Johnny Dickshot, who was an MLB outfielder from 1936 to 1945. He claimed to be the "ugliest man in baseball," earning him the nickname Ugly Dickshot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…

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