Some Baseball Facts

Baseball Origins

Elements of the game as we now know it existed in England in a game called “rounders.” Americans were also playing another ball game with bases known as “town ball.” And by the mid-1940s, sportsmen in several cities in the Northwest were meeting regularly to play variations which they referred to as “base ball.” Today, baseball is played not only on weekends by a small number of gentlemen enthusiasts but also by men, women and children of all ages and social status in more than 100 countries.

The World’s Largest Diamond

A baseball diamond is 90 feet on each side. And so, the time it takes a base stealer to go from first to second is about the same as it takes for a pitcher to pitch and a catcher to throw down a second. If the diamond were any other size, baseball would likely not work as it does.

Call Me “Blue”

Although umpires appear to be wearing black, they are in fact wearing dark navy blue outfits. They will therefore respond when called “Blue,” no matter what their real name is.

“Take me out to the ball game”

This well-known song, sung at every baseball game at the top and bottom of the seventh inning, was written in 1908 by Jack Norworth and Albert Van Tilzer.

The Most Famous Babe

George Herman Ruth, popularly known as “Babe,” is probably the most famous baseball player in history. Between 1914 and 1935, in 22 seasons, he accumulated 714 home runs. His best total score in a single season was 60 home runs in 1927, which was a record for 34 years!

The Curse

The Boston Red Sox were said to be cursed after the team sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1920. The curse came in the form of decades of consistent losses. But on October 27, 2004, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, they broke it. They beat the St. Louis Cardinals three to zero!

Notable Dates

  • In 1846, the first game between two organized teams, played according to rules and regulations set out by Alexander Cartwright Jr., took place at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey, on June 19. (Cartwright was the one who introduced baseball to the world.)
  • In 1878, gloves were introduced for the first time. They were intended to protect the hands. They had very little padding and were worn on both hands. It was not until 1885 that gloves designed for fielding came into being.
  • In 1883, pitchers were allowed, for the first time, to throw overhand.

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