25 Sporty Facts About Baseball Every Fan Should Know

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1 Dave Bresnahan

Dave Bresnahan

Baseball catcher Dave Bresnahan threw a potato to deceive a baserunner into being tagged by the ball. The league banned him but fan-support forced the club to retire his number. At his retirement ceremony, he said: “Gehrig played 2130 games & hit 340; all I had to do was bat .140 & throw a potato.”

2. Long-time professional baseball pitcher Satchel Paige, who debuted in the MLB at the age of 42, would sometimes instruct his infielders to sit down behind him, and then he would strike out the next three batters.

3. In 2009, an MLB player named Eric Bruntlett made two consecutive fielding errors, putting runners on first and second. On the next play after that, he made the 15th unassisted triple play in MLB history, winning the game.

4. From 1953 to 1958 the Cincinnati Reds officially changed their name to the Cincinnati Redlegs because they were afraid of being thought to be associated with communism.

5. In 1985, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ mascot acted as a middleman between cocaine dealers and the Pirates’ players. He delivered the coke to the stadium and completed the deals with players there. He also frequently was high while dressed as The Pittsburgh parrot during the game.

6 Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott, a man born with just one hand, had an 11-year career as a pitcher in Major League Baseball. The highlight of his career came in 1993 when he pitched a ‘no-hitter’, one of baseball’s highest achievements for a pitcher.

7. Detroit Tiger pitcher Daniel Norris purposely lives off just $800 a month, despite a $2 million signing bonus. When asked why he chooses to continue to live so conservatively. He asked back, “Who am I to deserve that? What have I really done?”

8. Joel Youngblood is the only Major League Baseball player to get hits for two teams on the same day. As a member of the Mets, he played an afternoon game against the Cubs. After the game, he was traded to the Expos, which played that night against the Phillies in Philadelphia.

9. Boston Red Sox of Mookie Betts bowled a perfect 300 at the World Series of Bowling – in the same week he was awarded an MLB Gold Glove.

10. The Cleveland Indians once had a “10 cent beer night” that ended in the crowd rioting and attacking the players and umpires. Players and coaches used baseball bats to fend off the rioting fans.

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11 Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr.

Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr.

Ken Griffey Jr. played with his dad during the MLB season of 1990 and in one game, Sr. and Jr. hit back-to-back home-runs.

12. MLB pitcher Tug McGraw was asked if he preferred to play on grass or Astroturf and he responded by saying “I dunno, I never smoked any Astroturf.”

13. Major League Baseball umpires are required by rule to wear black underwear, in case they split their pants.

14. When baseball player Chuck Finley was told of his ex-wife’s allegations against him of heavy steroid, alcohol, and marijuana use, he responded with “I can’t believe she left out the cross-dressing.”

15. New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon used stem cells to regenerate broken tissue in his throwing arm.

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16 All-black baseball team

All-black baseball team

In 1925, an all-black baseball team in Wichita, Kansas played an exhibition against a local KKK Klavern, with Irish Catholics serving as umpires. The black team won 10-8.

17. During the 2007 baseball season, the Los Angeles Dodgers added an infielder named Chin-Lung Hu. After Hu singled in his third at-bat in a game on September 23, Dodgers announcer Vin Scully said, “Shades of Abbott and Costello, I can finally say, ‘Hu is on first base.'”

18. There is a Major League Baseball pitcher named Doc Hamann who retired with an Earned Run Average of infinity. He never got an out in his one appearance, letting up seven runs.

19. Sandy Koufax (the best pitcher in Major League Baseball at the time) refused to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur.

20. In 1999, the Arizona Diamondbacks ran a promotion where 1 selected fan had the chance to pick the inning in which a grand slam would be hit, and which player would hit it. On July 11, 1999, Jay Bell hit a grand slam in the 6th inning to win Gylene Hoyle $1 million.

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21 Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals

In 1977, the Kansas City Royals were in Milwaukee to play a game against the Brewers and their uniforms were stolen from their locker room, forcing them to borrow Brewers uniforms for the day.

22. In the early 70s, the Oakland Athletics paid their players $300 bonuses to grow mustaches.

23. In the 1920s, Edd Roush, a Cincinnati Reds outfielder was ejected from a major league baseball game for sleeping in the outfield.

24. Dick Stuart, one of the worst defensive players in baseball history, once received a standing ovation for successfully grabbing a loose hot dog wrapper out of the air. It was the first thing he had managed to pick up all day, and the fans realized it could very well be the last.”

25. Baseball player Bill Bergen was an awful batter who hit .170 for his entire 11-year career and at one point went 46 at-bats without a hit, but teams kept him around because he was such a good catcher.

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