Baseball is far more than throwing, hitting and catching. It's a game with a long history and a bright future, full of some of the most entertaining moments and personalities in sports. As a fan, it can be a lot of fun to learn about the game and the people and events that have made it what it is today.
Here's a list of 10 things every baseball fan should know!
1. In 1935 the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum was created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of baseball. It is located in Cooperstown, New York.
2. The oldest active stadium in pro baseball is Fenway Park in Boston, which opened in 1912.
3. Eight teams have never won a World Series: Padres, Brewers, Astros, Rays, Rockies, Mariners, Rangers and the Nationals.
4. Over his 27-year career, pitcher Nolan Ryan struck out 5,714 batters, a league record. He walked 2,795 batters, also a league record.
5. The oldest big league rookie in history is Satchel Paige, who pitched his first Major League game for the Indians in 1948 at the age of 41.
6. Fifteen players have hit four home runs in a game. No one has ever hit five.
7. The first batting helmet was invented in 1907.
8. In the early days of baseball, many managers also were part of the active roster. These individuals were called player-managers, and are the reason why managers still wear uniforms during games today.
9. Only two players have recorded 12 RBIs in a game: Jim Bottomly in 1924 and Mark Whiten in 1993. Both played for the St. Louis Cardinals.
10. Legend has it that the first baseball tickets were sold to a game between local players at the Union Grounds in Brooklyn in 1862. Admission was 10 cents.
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