In 1915, a pilot planned a stunt to drop a baseball into an MLB coach’s glove from a plane during a flyover. As a prank she dropped a grapefruit instead; it exploded in the coach’s glove and covered him in red pulp, and he was convinced he was seriously injured and bleeding to death. mlb.com/news/wilbert-robi…
Evel Knievel, perhaps the best known daredevil, ruined his career when he attacked a man with a baseball bat due an unflattering book. The victim was knocked unconscious and needed major surgery to repair his arm.Evel only served 6 months in jail but lost all his endorsements and contracts. bizarrela.com/2016/03/eve…
At the height of their popularity in the 1990's baseball card manufacturers produced an estimated 81 BILLION cards per year. That's about 325 cards per every man, woman, and child in the United States. failuremag.com/article/th…
Jeff Bridges wears the same t-shirt in 3 different movies, Cold feet, The fisher King, and The big Lebowski. The shirt is a pic of Japanese Professional Baseball Player, Kaoru Betto, who was the recipient of the first Pacific League MVP. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kao…
Charley Pride couldn’t make the majors in baseball, so he did something even more improbableβ€”he became the first black superstar in country music. si.com/.amp/mlb/2018/03/2…
Today I learned of Eddie Gaedel, the shortest player to ever play in a Major League Baseball game. Standing 3’7”, Gaedel made 1 plate appearance and drew a walk on four pitches. At age 36, he was beaten to death on his way home from the bowling alley. sabr.org/bioproj/person/e…
Professional Wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage played in Minor League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals, learning to throw with his left hand after he injured his right shoulder and strengthening his swing by hitting a hanging car tire; the latter technique adopted by teammate Larry Herndon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
The South Korean baseball association banned players from placing a cabbage leaf under their hats during games. Except with the provision of a doctor's note in advance. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
In prison serial killer John Wayne Gacy painted a picture of the Seven Dwarfs playing baseball against the Chicago Cubs. Art dealer Stephen Koschal purchased it and was able to get Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, and Joe Dimaggio to autograph it without telling them its origin. miaminewtimes.com/arts/th…
The first two African Americans to play Major League Baseball were brothers Fleet Walker and Weldy Walker, who played for the Toledo Blue Stockings in their 1884 season. Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby were the first to breach the color line in baseball's modern era. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/188…
Satchel Paige pitched his last Major League Baseball game at age 59 for the KC Athletics. Before the game, Paige sat in the bullpen on a rocking chair, being attended to by a "nurse". He pitched three scoreless innings, giving up one hit and then walked off to the song "The Old Gray Mare". sabr.org/gamesproj/game/s…
Abner Doubleday did not invent baseball as most think today. 15 years after his death the Mills Commission made this false claim, but Doubleday never spoke on this during his life and this claim has been thoroughly debunked by baseball historians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abn…
Al Spalding, founder of Spalding Sporting Goods, was a Hall of fame pitcher with a career ERA in the top ten all-time (2.133). He also wrote the first official baseball rules and helped popularize the use of baseball gloves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._…
Through the first 12 years of his career, Baseball Hall Of Famer Joe DiMaggio had more home runs (349) than strikeouts (333). pinstripealley.com/platfo…
Today I learned about the Tri-Cornered Baseball Game. An exhibition game was played between the Brooklyn Dodger, New York Yankees, and The New York Giants in 1944. Each team would bat and field for six innings, then rest for three innings. The Dodgers won with five runs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Abner Doubleday, the man who is credited with inventing Baseball, was the 2nd in command at Ft Sumter, and was almost killed while he lay asleep in his quarters when the bombardment started at 4:30 AM on April 12th, 1861 youtu.be/rYiKBK48F6w?t=31…
Today I learned that Spokane's single-A baseball team (the Indians) worked together with their local tribe, introduced a Redband Trout mascot to promote conservation of a meaningful fish, and used the tribe's language on their jerseys. milb.com/spokane/communit…
Today I learned of Kaoru Batto who was a player in the Japanese Baseball League in the 1950s. While a great player, he was best commemorated by the actor Jeff Bridges who wore a shirt with a cartoon image of Kaoru Betto in The Fisher King, Cold Feat, and The Big Lebowski. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kao…
In baseball, when a 95 mile per hour pitch is thrown, batters only have around 425-450 milliseconds to react. For reference, blinking takes about 400 milliseconds on average. Quite literally, if you blink, you'll miss it. npr.org/2016/09/03/492516…
Ted Williams, the last baseball player to bat .400, was at .39955 at the end of the season. Although due to rounding he would have finished with a .400 average, Williams refused to sit out, and played the last two games. He went 6 for 8 in those games and finished the season with a .406 average. baseballhall.org/discover…
Thomas A Edison made the first short baseball movie in 1898. youtu.be/9vPRL6jkhog
Tyler Perry has a 330-acre studio complex complete with a replica of the White House, a farm, a vintage baseball stadium, several courtrooms, a trailer park, a prison yard, a Southern mansion, and church chapel among other sets. chicagocrusader.com/the-w…
Jimmy Bonner became the first African American to play baseball professionally in Japan in 1936, eleven years before Jackie Robinson's Major League Baseball debut. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Today I learned about "The Mendoza Line," the .200 batting average at which a baseball player's defensive abilities don't justify his lack of offense and he's not a professional level player. Although named after shortstop Mario Mendoza, his actual batting average was .215. joeposnanski.substack.com…
It was once popular to name your children after the President of the United States. Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Grover Cleaveland Alexander is an example of this phenomenon. The trend fell out of style during Nixon’s term. huffpost.com/entry/popula…
Along with some notable achievements in baseball, Jackie Robinson holds the NCAA football record for most rushing yards per carry in a season (12.2) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The first recorded baseball game took place in Walton-on-Thames in England in 1749. It was played by the Prince of Wales and the Earl of Middlesex. bbc.com/news/uk-england-2…
In April 1985, Sports Illustrated ran a story about a prospective baseball pitcher named Sidd Finch, who could throw 168 miles per hour fast ball. Eagle-eyed readers caught on immediately: The first letters in the words of the story's secondary headline spelled out "Happy April Fools' Day." si.com/mlb/2014/10/15/cur…
Great Britain won the inaugural Baseball World Cup, later renamed the World Baseball Classic (WBC), beating the United States in 4 games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Baseball has a β€œgolden ticket” that gives free admission to any game. It’s given to players after 8 years in the major leagues, people who have worked for a team for 25 years, and other VIPs. NASA astronauts, returning Vietnam POWs, and the the 1979 hostages in Iran were all given one. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
The commonly known lyrics to "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" are actually just the chorus. There are two other verses about a young woman who refuses to go on a date with a man unless they go to a baseball game. The song wasn't played at a baseball game until 26 years after it was released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
The term β€œwalk-off win” was coined by Dennis Eckersley to signify walking off the mound as a pitcher to end a baseball game. mlb.com/glossary/standard…
Bubble Gum (as opposed to chewing gum) was created by the Fleer company, as Double Bubble, and was the most popular until Bazooka came around ... created by the Topps company, and so both Baseball card companies made gum first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
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…
The longest pro baseball game ever was a AAA game that took 33 innings, took 8 1/2 hours to complete, had future Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr. playing, set 12 records, and had the final inning resumed months later to much fanfare only to end after 18 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
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…
Today I learned about Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first African American to play pro baseball, six decades before Jackie Robinson theundefeated.com/feature…
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…
Football, baseball, basketball and hockey were all invented by Canadians. cbc.ca/sportslongform/ent…
There have been 4 instances in Major League Baseball history in which a player was traded for himself en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned about the Curse of the Colonel, an urban legend about why the Japanese baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers, haven't won the championship since 1985. A statue of Colonel Sanders was thrown into a river, during a celebration, and the curse is said to be in place until all of the statue is recovered en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
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…
Three films featuring kids' love and fascination with baseball were released within months of each other: "The Sandlot," "Rookie of the Year," and "Little Big League." The last one was released a month before professional baseball games were suspended because the MLB players went on strike. film.avclub.com/the-sandl…
The national sport of Finland is a bat-and-ball game known as Pesapallo. Invented in 1920s, it is quite similar to baseball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pes…
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…
The 1919 White Sox (known as the Black Sox), including Shoeless Joe Jackson, were shocked they got kick out of baseball forever for fixing the World Series because everyone in baseball was fixing games for bookies at that time. bookies.com/news/black-so…
At Major League Baseball parks, one doesn't see local dirt (sandy in Florida, farmland black in the MidWest, etc) but rather a standardized clay-rich orange "infield mix." Over 20 stadiums use dirt "imported" from Slippery Rock, PA. The official dirt is shipped in and mixed with regional sand. post-gazette.com/sports/p…
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…
Today I learned about 800 men, women and children, armed with ax handles, baseball bats, tire tools and golf clubs, stretched across a mile of the desolate prairie near Mud Lake and rounded up jackrabbits which they claim have done an estimated $5 million in crop damage. idahopress.com/news/state…
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…

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