200 Mind-Blowing Facts About Baseball


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200 Mind-Blowing Facts About Baseball

  1. Japan has the largest pro baseball league outside the U.S.
  2. Baseball bats in the minor and major leagues are made from wood. However, metal bats are used at the college level.
  3. The first pro baseball game ever to be aired on television was on August 26, 1939, it was a double-header between Brooklyn and Cincinnati.
  4. 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.
  5. For the first half of the 20th century, major league teams barred African-Americans from participating in its baseball games.
  6. Bats all weigh the same, but may feel lighter or heavier when they are swung. The “swing weight” differs according to the distribution of mass in a bat.
  7. Each MLB ball has 108 stitches. (The first and last stitches are hidden.)
  8. Each ball is hand sewn.
  9. A ball is only used for six pitches and then it’s retired.
  10. During a typical game, approximately 70 balls are used.
  11. Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros holds the record for a player most often hit by a pitch.
  12. The oldest player to hit a home run was Julio Franco. He was 47 years and 240 days old when he hit a home run for the Mets in 2006.
  13. “Cranks” was an early term for baseball fans in the late 1880s.
  14. There’s a rule that states a pitcher must first wipe his hand on his uniform before he grips the ball for a pitch.
  15. The longest baseball game in history (between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves) lasted 26 innings and nearly four hours.
  16. The youngest pitcher in major league baseball history is Joe Nuxhall who was just 15 years old when he pitched for Cincinnati Reds.
  17. Mo’ne Davis became the first female to win a Little League World Series baseball game.
  18. Evar Swanson, a left fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, holds the record for the fastest time around the bases. He did it in 13.3 seconds.
  19. Aside from the United States, Taiwan, Venezuela, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic also consider baseball as their de facto national sport.
  20. Both the 1906 Chicago Cubs and the 2001 Seattle Mariners hold the record for the most wins in an MLB season with 116 wins. The Cubs won the National League title in 1906 while the Mariners lost the AL championship series in 2001.
  21. In Major League Baseball, special mud is used to rub baseballs before each game to reduce their luster and make them easier to grip as per MLB Rule 4.01(c). This mud comes from a secret location in Jersey.
  22. One of the first five inductees to baseball’s hall of fame, Honus Wagner was called “The Flying Dutchman” as an ode to his athleticism and German heritage, as well as to the fact that he shares the same last name as the Flying Dutchman opera composer Richard Wagner. He has won 8 batting titles, sharing the record with Tony Gwynn. Only 57 copies of the T206 Honus Wagner baseball card exist, making his baseball cards one of the rarest.
  23. Outfielder Stan “the Man” Musial is widely considered as one of the best hitters in baseball history. He held 17 baseball records when he retired in 1963 and was the first player to record 5 home runs in a doubleheader. He has been an All-Star 24 times and is a three-time World Series champion. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
  24. Walter Johnson is known for having the most shutouts with 110. He is second in terms of wins with 417 and is known as the only player to have over 400 wins while striking out more than 3500 batters.
  25. Minnessota Twins player Joe Mauer holds the distinction of being the only catcher to win 3 batting titles. He was the cover player for MLB 10 and MLB 11 on Playstation.
  26. Justin Verlander was the AL rookie of the year in 2006. He has made 8 All-star nods and has won the world series.
  27. On May 2004, Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher (34) to throw a perfect game. At 6′ 10″, he was among the tallest players to play in the MLB. He is a 10-time MLB All-Star.
  28. Felix Hernandez has the record for most strikeouts by a Seattle Mariners pitcher. He is a 6-time All-Star. He was the most recent pitcher to have a perfect game. He was also the 13th player to throw an immaculate inning.
  29. The Curse of the Bambino refers to the Red Sox’ World Series championship drought starting from 1918, when the Sox traded the great Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. The drought was broken when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. Before reaching the World Series, the Red Sox also became the first team in baseball to force and win a 7-game series after being down 0-3 during the AL championship.
  30. The Dodgers holds the record for having the most Rookie of the Year awards with 18. They have won the most consecutive Rookie of the Year awards with 5 from 1992 to 1996.
  31. The Nationals won their first wildcard game, their first NL pennant, and their first and only World Series championship in 2019. The team has only a single retired number, Jackie Robinson’s jersey number 42, which the entire league retired in 1997.
  32. The Philadelphia Quakers changed their name to the “Phillies” in 1890. The team has retained the same name and has stayed in the same city, giving them the distinction as the longest continuous use of a team name in the same city not just in baseball but among all major American sports.
  33. The Pirates hold several diversity records in the MLB. They were the first team to field an all-minority lineup (1971), the first team to sign Indian players (2008), and the first team to field the first African-born player (Gift Ngoepe, 2017).
  34. In Major League baseball, the home base must be at the exact same level as all the other bases. The infield should always be 90 ft on each side with the outfield being the area formed by extending the sides from home base to third base and home base to first base outwards.
  35. In Major League baseball, regulations state that the pitcher’s plate must be 10 inches above the level of the home plate. The pitcher’s plate must be placed 60 feet and 6 inches away from the back point of the home plate.
  36. The BEANO T-13 hand grenade was a World War II grenade designed to have similar dimensions to a baseball ball. Designed by CIA precursor OSS and manufactured in partnership with Eastman Kodak, this grenade’s similarity to a baseball was intended to increase the chance that Americans, who were most familiar with the sport, would be able to throw the grenade with a high degree of accuracy.
  37. The team’s home field, Coors Field, is the highest baseball park home field in the majors, located 5,200 ft above sea level. The low air density and low air humidity have an impact on how the ball moves. Coors field holds the record for most home runs hit in a season with 303 in 1999.
  38. The Mariners has never appeared in a World Series, the only team in the MLB who holds this distinction. They have the longest postseason drought at 18 years, and the longest pennant drought, having never won a pennant in its 43 years of existence.
  39. The year 1914 was the last year a player played in the MLB sporting facial hair until 1972. In 1972 the Oakland Athletics showed up with mustaches, first as a gag, then as a dare when the owner said he’ll pay them $300 to keep the mustaches, then as superstition as the team kept on winning. They won the World Series that year.
  40. In 1930, Babe Ruth made $80,000, which is about $1 million after inflation.
  41. The unofficial anthem of American baseball, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” is traditionally sung during the middle of the 7th inning.
  42. Philadelphia Phillies’ Richie Ashburn fouled off two consecutive pitches that hit the same woman twice in the stands.
  43. The San Francisco Giants have the most players in the Baseball Hall of Fame, coming in at a whopping 24 Hall of Famers.
  44. In 1989, NBC’s Gayle Gardner became the first woman to regularly host MLB games for a television network.
  45. The honor of the most expensive baseball card goes to the 1909 Honus Wagner T206 baseball card, which is worth about $2.8 million.
  46. Ty Cobb, nicknamed The Georgia Peach, was one of the first players to be inducted in baseball’s hall of fame. He holds the highest career batting average with .366. He also holds the most batting titles with 12. He is regarded as the first player in MLB history to receive a 5-digit salary (1913). He spent 22 years with a single franchise, the Detroit Tigers. He had the rank of Captain in the United States Army Chemical Warfare Service.
  47. Ted Williams is known as the last MLB player to bat over .400 in a season. He was called up during World War 2 as a pilot. He flew 39 missions during the Korean War as a Marine fighter pilot. Astronaut John Glenn was a fellow squadron member of his.
  48. Jackie Robinson’s accomplishments as the first African-American player to play in the major leagues during the Modern era of baseball were so recognized that the league retired his jersey number 42 across all major league teams in 1997. His brother, Mack Robinson, has an Olympic silver medal. Jackie is not the first African-American in the league. That honor belongs to Moses Fleetwood Walker who played for the league together with his brother. Jackie Robinson played himself in an autobiographical movie.
  49. Branch Rickey of the Cardinals was the first proponent of the farm system in Major League Baseball. In, the 1930s, he created a talent pipeline that funneled talented players from Cardinals’ owned minor league team into the majors, thus ensuring a steady supply of talented players.
  50. The 2016 National League pennant win and the World Series championship ended the team’s world record 71-year NL pennant drought and its 108-year World Series drought.
  51. The Yankees hold the record for most American League pennants with 40 and the most World Series championships with 27. The Yankees also have the most retired jersey numbers with 21.
  52. Based in Toronto, Canada, the Blue Jays are the only franchise currently not based in the United States. They are the first and only team outside the United States to win a World Series. They won back-to-back World Championships in 1992 and 1993. They are the only American League team that is undefeated in a World Series.
  53. AmeriQuest Field, home of the Texas Rangers. Image via David Herrera. Interesting facts about Baseball.
  54. Although the team has two AL pennants (2010, 2011), it has never won a World Series.
  55. The Rays have played the fewest total games in MLB with 3412 and have the least overall wins with 1686. They have yet to win a World Series.
  56. The Tigers are one of the American league’s 8 charter franchises and holds the record for being the oldest continuous one name-one city franchise in the American League.
  57. Since the team’s 1969 entry to the National League, the Padres have never had a no-hitter. This makes the team with the longest no-hitter drought to begin their existence and the only team in the ML to not have a no-hitter.
  58. In 1965, the Orioles traded for slugging outfielder Frank Robinson. In 1966, the team won their first pennant and first World Series while Robinson won the American League Most Valuable Player award, making him the only man to win the MVP in each league since Robinson won the NL MVP in 1961 as part of the Cincinnati Reds.
  59. Limited in opportunities to take part in MLB prior to 1946, African Americans formed “Negro Leagues”, a term usually serving as a catchall for different leagues for African-Americans. The Negro League Museum is located in Kansas, City, Missouri.
  60. There were white players in Negro Leagues. The integration of African-American player Jackie Robinson into the MLB in 1946 also led to Negro Leagues allowing white Americans to play.
  61. There are 35 Negro League legends enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame.
  62. President William Howard Taft was a semipro player and the first president to throw the MLB ceremonial first ball on April 14, 1910.
  63. Ken Griffey Sr. and his son, Ken Griffey Jr. became the first father and son duo to play together in the MLB. They were both fielded by the Mariners on Aug. 31, 1990 against the Kansas City Royals.
  64. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was an all-women baseball league formed in 1943. The league was formed to keep people interested in baseball while most of America’s men were fighting overseas in World War II.
  65. Aside from players, 36 executives and pioneers and 23 managers are members of the Hall of Fame. There are also 10 umpires in the hall of fame.
  66. Mariano Rivera is the only member of the Hall of Fame to be inducted with all 425 votes cast being in favor.
  67. Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard holds the record for the fewest games played to reach 100 career home runs with 325. He has the most strikeouts by a Phillies batter with 199. He is also fastest player to reach 1,000 RBI, 100 home runs, and 200 home runs.
  68. Pitcher Zack Grienke suffers from social anxiety. He has won six Gold Gloves. He was the third high school player drafted by the Royals.
  69. Chipper Jones has the most career RBI for a third baseman with 1623. As a switch hitter, he is the only one in MLB history to have recorded a career batting average of at least .300 in 400 or more home runs.
  70. First baseman Joey Votto is the Cincinatti Reds single season leader in OPS with .969 in 2018, walks with 135 in 2013, and times on base with 316 in 2013.
  71. Manny Ramirez holds the record for most postseason home runs with 29. Manny is also a 12-time All-Star and has been awarded the Silver Slugger award 9 times. He was the World Series MVP in 2004.
  72. Minor league pitcher Jackie Mitchell is famous for striking out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in succession in the 1930s. <i>She</i> was promptly banned from Major and Minor League Baseball.
  73. 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.
  74. On September 14, 1990, they hit back-to-back home runs, creating another father-son baseball first.
  75. African-Americans formed “Negro Leagues,” which had some of the greatest players of the century.
  76. The last major league ballpark to install lights was Chicago’s Wrigley Field in 1988. Previously, the Cubs would only play daytime games, since their stadium didn’t have lights.
  77. Baseball fans eat enough hot dogs to stretch from Chicago to Los Angeles. Roughly how many are eaten at MLB games? About 25,500,000 hot dogs a year!
  78. A pitcher’s curveball can curve up to 17 inches from the straight line on its way to home plate.
  79. Alyssa Nakken became the first woman to coach in a Major league baseball game. She was hired as an assistant coach by the San Francisco Giants on January 2020 and was assigned as a base coach in July 2020.
  80. The fastest game in MLB history was a Sept. 28, 1919 game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Giants won 6-1 after 51 minutes.
  81. The term sabermetrics was coined and defined by Bill James. Bill James was one of the main proponents of using statistical analysis to measure and improve team performance. His tenure as a Senior Advisor for the Boston Red Sox led to 4 World Series Championships.
  82. On September 24, 2010 game against the San Diego Padres, Aroldis Chapman threw a pitch measured at 105.1 mph which is the fastest pitch ever recorded in Major League Baseball.
  83. Pitcher Jim Abbott is the only MLB pitcher to have only a single arm. He was born without a right hand. Abbott spent 10 seasons in the MLB and retired with a record of 87–108 and a 4.25 ERA.
  84. July 1 is known as Bobby Bonilla Day. Every July 1st since 2010, the Mets pay Bonilla $1.2 million as part of his 2000 buyout deal. These payments will continue until 2035 netting him around 29.8 million in total.
  85. An MLB regulation baseball has 108 red double stitches. The ball has a core made of rubber or cork. Rawlings is the official manufacturer of MLB baseballs.
  86. The league banned the use of spitballs in 1920. However, the league designated 17 pitchers who were allowed to use spitballs until they retired. The last legal spitball win in an MLB game was by Pirates’ Burleigh Grimes who pitched in a 1934 game against the Giants.
  87. On August 16, 1920, Shortstop Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians became the only player in MLB history to have died as a result of a pitch. Yankees pitcher Carl Mays threw the ball that hit Chapman on the head. Chapman died the following day.
  88. Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays manager Bobby Cox has been ejected a record 161 times, the most in MLB history.
  89. Aluminum bats are banned from the Major League. This is due to the fact that aluminum bats can make a hit ball travel about 10% farther compared to the wooden bat that the majors use.
  90. MLB Rule 3.02 states that the bat should be a round and smooth stick that should not exceed 42 inches in length and made from a single piece of wood. The MLB Rules committee oversees which bat designs are allowed for play as well as any exceptions to Rule 3.02 (d) which states that no colored bats may be used in professional play unless approved by the Rules Committee.
  91. Contrary to belief, corked bats do not increase the distance hit. A corked bat has had a hole drilled into it and filled with less dense materials to make the bat lighter overall, which allows for a faster swing. However, this also weakens the bat, making it prone to breakage.
  92. Corking a bat is illegal in the MLB. Only 6 players have been caught and penalized for using a corked bat since 1970.The largest replica baseball bat in the world can be found outside the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville Kentucky.
  93. The bat weighs 68,000 pounds and is 120 ft. tall.
  94. Albert Pujols holds the league’s all-time record for most times grounded into a double play with 395. He is a 10-time MLB All Star and a 3-time National League MVP. He has the most assists by a player within a single season with 185 which he made during the 2009 season.
  95. Miguel “Miggy” Cabrera is the first Latin American as well as the first third baseman to win a Triple Crown. He is a native of Venezuela, where his father was an amateur baseball player while his mother represented the country in softball as a shortstop.
  96. Adrian Gonzales was the first overall pick in the 2000 MLB draft. He is a 5-time All-Star and a 4-time winner of the Gold Gloves. He also currently holds the record for most consecutive multi-walk games with 8.
  97. The Houston Astros were penalized in 2019 for stealing the signs of opposing players during the 2017 season, a season where they reached and won the World Series. The Astros general manager and field manager were suspended for the 2020 season, the team lost 2020 and 2021 first and second draft picks, and the team was fined $5 million, the maximum allowed penalty for the offense. Taken all together, the collective penalties are one if not the most severe ever imposed against a team.
  98. In 1890, Emile Kinst, and inventor, patented a baseball bat design with a curve near the end. This “banana bat” was designed to make both hitting and catching a hit ball more difficult. The Major League Rules Committee rejected Kinst’s design.
  99. The Louisville Slugger baseball bat was named after early baseball great Pete Browning. Hall of Famer Honus Wagner became the first MLB player to endorse a bat with his signature when he signed a deal with Louisville Slugger maker Hillerich & Bradsby in 1905.
  100. William Shroyer filed Patent No. 1,499,128 for the design of the first metal bat in 1924. However, it took decades for a metal bat to be mass-produced, with Worth Sports Company being the first to manufacture aluminum bats in 1970.
  101. Baseball great Babe Ruth started his professional career as a pitcher. As a pitcher, he once threw a 14-inning complete game to beat the Dodgers, the most innings were ever thrown by one pitcher in a single postseason game. Among the numerous records Babe Ruth set, were his .690 slugging record is one that is deemed unbreakable. He is part of the Baseball Immortals, being among the first inductees into Baseball’s Hall of Fire.
  102. Cy Young holds the most number of games started with 815 and most career innings pitched with 7356. He is also the pitcher that holds the most MLB losses with 315. The Cy Young awards are given every year to the best pitcher that year.
  103. Widely considered as one of the greatest baseball players ever, Mike Trout is a professed weather nerd. He says that aside from baseball, meteorology is something he is interested in. He holds the distinction as the first and only player to make 30 home runs, steal 45 bases, and score 125 runs in one season.
  104. Roger Clemens has won the Cy Young award a record 7 times. He has the third-most strikeouts in major league baseball with 4,672 strikeouts. He has won the World Series two times and is an 11-time All-Star.
  105. Alex Rodriguez holds the record for the grandest slams with 25. He is also the youngest person to hit 500 career home runs at 32 years and 8 days. He has been dating singer Jennifer Lopez since 2017.
  106. Derek Jeter has played in 158 career postseason games. He is the only shortstop to win 5 world series titles. He has both the most hits and the most games played by a New York Yankee player. However, he has never won a regular-season MVP award.
  107. Pete Rose, who played for the Cincinnati Reds and then was banned from baseball for life for betting on games while managing the team, holds the all-time record for hits (4,256) and games played (3,562).
  108. 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.
  109. Fourteen players have hit four home runs in one game: Bobby Lowe, Ed Delahanty, Lou Gehrig, Chuck Klein, Pat Seerey, Gil Hodges, Joe Adcock, Rocky Colavito, Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt, Bob Horner, Mark Whiten, Mike Cameron and Shawn Green.
  110. Pitcher Nolan Ryan played 27 seasons in major league baseball and struck out more batters in his career than any other pitcher.
  111. San Francisco's Barry Bonds has won the National League MVP Award seven times. That's four more times 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.
  112. The idea that Abner Doubleday invented baseball is a myth. In 1907, a commission led by sporting goods businessman Albert Spalding and National League President Abraham Mills convened the Mills Commission to specify the origins of baseball. Instead of acknowledging how baseball was a derivative of both the English game of rounders and cricket, they instead named Abner Doubleday as the sole inventor of the sport with scant evidence.
  113. In 1992, baseball became an official Olympic Sport. However, baseball’s first appearance in the Olympics was in the 1904 Summer Olympics. Baseball last appeared at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
  114. The first World Series was held in 1903 between the Boston Americans of the American League (AL) and the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League (NL). Boston won five games to Pittsburgh’s three to cinch the Series.
  115. Bobby Richardson is the only player to win the World Series Finals MVP while playing for the losing team. He was part of the 1960 Yankees when they were defeated by the Pirates.
  116. Baseballs Hall of Fame is located in Cooperstown since this was the rumored location of the birth of baseball.
  117. There are 333 elected members in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Former major league players make up the majority of these with 235 members. Pitchers compose the majority with 83.
  118. Cal Hubbard is the only player to be a member of both the baseball and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played in the NFL for the Packers, the Giants, and the Pirates before becoming an MLB umpire.
  119. Baseball Hall of Fame members Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, and Fergie Jenkins have at one time each played for basketball’s Harlem Globetrotters.
  120. The youngest player to ever play in an MLB game was a left-handed pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds named Joe Nuxhall. He was 15 years and 316 days old when played for the Reds on June 10, 1944.
  121. The Brooklyn Dodgers played the Boston Braves in a May 1, 1920 game which set the MLB record for most innings with 26. It ended in a tie when the game was called due to darkness.
  122. The longest Major league game lasted 8 hours and 6 minutes. It was a 7-6 White Sox victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that lasted 25 innings.
  123. Jimmy Bonner became the first African-American player to play in the Japanese Professional Baseball League, the country’s first professional baseball league. He played in the league in 1936, a decade before Jackie Robinson’s MLB debut.
  124. In the MLB, if a ball is caught in the catcher’s mask or stuck in any part of his uniform after the third strike or fourth call, the batter gets to walk to first base and all other runners can advance a base.
  125. There are 6 players who have played in the MLB with the name Bob Smith. The last Bob Smith played in 2002.
  126. Edwin Jackson holds the record for the MLB player who has played for the most franchises with 14. He has played for the Rays, Cubs, Nationals, Tigers, White Sox, Diamondbacks, A’s, Cardinals, Dodgers, Padres, Braves, Marlins, Orioles, and Blue Jays.
  127. Cuba has won the most Baseball World Cup medals with a total of 31, 25 of which are gold. The United States only has 4 gold medals and a total medal tally of 15.
  128. A baseball umpire during a match. Baseball facts.
  129. Image by tunnelarmr. Interesting facts about Baseball.
  130. MLB umpires are required to wear black underwear. This is in case the unlikely scenario occurs where they split their pants.
  131. The Dodgers, Yankees, and, Angels still have no official mascots. The Cubs only had an official mascot starting from 2014.
  132. During World War II, in event of a bombing raid on an MLB game, whichever team has the lead after five innings wins the game.
  133. As of 2019, The United States has had the most MLB players with 16,921. The Dominican Republic is second with 742 and Venezuela is third with 394. For the 2020 season, the Dominican Republic fielded 109 players while Venezuela contributed 75 players. Foreign-born players accounted for 28.1% of the MLB’s 2020 player pool.
  134. Bonds holds the record for most MVPs (7), most career (762) and single-season (73) home runs, and most walks in a single season (232). He is a 14-time All-Star and 12-time Silver Slugger award. He has the most home runs after turning 40 with 74. He has had 18 consecutive games as the host.
  135. Hank “The Hammer” Aaron holds the most runs batted in (RBIs) with 2297 for his entire career. He was the first to break Babe Ruth’s home run record when he hit his 715th career home run in 1974.
  136. The Say Hey kid is tied for the most All-star appearances at 24. He holds 12 Gold Gloves awards. Mays is a two-time NL MVP. He has the distinction of hitting at least one home run in every one of the sixteen innings.
  137. Ichiro Suzuki holds the record for the most hits in a season with 262 when he broke George Sisler’s record of 257 in 2004. He is also the only player to have 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons. In the MLB, he has the most hits by a Japanese player.
  138. The D-backs are the most recent team added to the National League, with the franchise beginning play in 1998. The team is also the fastest expansion team to ever win a World Series, winning the 2001 World Series against the Yankees.
  139. The Angels won their first wildcard berth, their first AL championship and their first and only World Series in 2002. The team’s official name is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
  140. The New York Mets won their first World Series in 1969 against the Orioles. They were the first expansion team to win a World Series. Considered as heavy underdogs against the Orioles, the Mets’ victory earned them the moniker “Miracle Mets”.
  141. During the 2017 season, the Indians won 22 consecutive games, giving them the record for the longest winning streak in the American League. They also hold the longest active World Series championship drought at 71 years.
  142. The Brewers hold the distinction as the only MLB team to play in 4 divisions, starting in the American League West Division in 1969, moving to the AL East Division in 1972, then moving to the AL Central Division in 1994. The team then moved to the National League in 1998 where it currently plays in the Central Division.
  143. The Atlanta Braves hold the distinction of being the first and only MLB franchise to win the World Series in three different home cities. The team won the 1914 World Series as the Boston Braves, the 1957 World Series as the Milwaukee Braves, and the 1995 World Series as the Atlanta Braves.
  144. The Twins finished 74-88 in 1990, which made the last in the division. The following year, in 1991, they posted a 95-67 record, netting first place in the AL West division. They would go on to win the pennant and the World Series that year, making them the first team to go from a last-place finish to a World Series championship.
  145. The Giants are the MLB’s oldest franchise, starting at 1883 as the New York Gothams, New York’s first baseball franchise. The team also holds the record for the most total wins with 11,165.
  146. The team’s highest season home run record was set 36 by Steve Balboni in 1985. The Royals are the only team where the highest season home run record by a player is less than 40 runs.
  147. The team was originally known as White Stockings, which was eventually abbreviated to Sox. In 2018, the White Sox became the first team to discontinue the use of plastic straws.
  148. The Marlins have never lost a playoff round in the two years, 1997 and 2003, that they made the postseason. They have never lost a World Series, winning both times they won the NL pennant.
  149. The team changed its name to Redlegs from 1953 to 1959 to avoid being associated with communists.
  150. The New York Yankees have won 26 World Series titles, which is more than any other team.
  151. Former Yankees right fielder Mickey Mantle holds the record for most career home runs (18) and RBI (40) in World Series history.
  152. Baseball stars from the National League and the American League played the first All-Star Game in 1933. The National League has won 40 of the 73 games. The game ended in a tie twice. In 1961 rain in Boston prevented extra innings and the game ended in a 1-1 tie. And in 2002, the game went 11 innings with the score knotted at seven before it was finally called off due to a lack of pitchers.
  153. Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. didn't miss a game in 16 years. He played in 2,632 consecutive games from April 30, 1982, to Sept. 19, 1998.
  154. Philadelphia A's (now the Oakland Athletics) manager Connie Mack has 3,755 career victories, more than any other manager in history.
  155. The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum is located in Cooperstown, N.Y. It was created in 1935 to celebrate baseball's 100th anniversary.
  156. Dock Ellis, the Pirates’ starting pitcher, pitched his first and only no-hitter of his career on June 12th, 1970… while high on LSD.
  157. The oldest baseball park still in use is Fenway Park, the home field of the Boston Red Sox, which debuted in 1912.
  158. Thanks to Hurricane Irene, the record for the least amount of people at a baseball game was set in 2011 when the Florida Marlins played the Cincinnati Reds. Only 347 people attended the game. But, what devotion!
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