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Today’s show was all about BASEBALL! The Morning Thing is helping you to get ready for the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs.
We shared some FUN facts about baseball, the World Series and the Cleveland Indians.
Read about the World Series rock start, the curse of the Billy Goat on the Cubs and a perfect game happened in 1956 in a World Series game.
- The base most stolen in a baseball game is second base.
- The unofficial anthem of American baseball, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” is traditionally sung during the middle of the 7th inning. It was written in 1908 by Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer, both of whom had never been to a baseball game.
- Mo’ne Davis (2001– ) became the first female to win a Little League World Series baseball game.
- No woman has ever played in a major league baseball game. American sports executive Effa Louise Manley (1897–1981) is the first and only woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- The life span of a major league baseball is 5–7 pitches. During a typical game, approximately 70 balls are used.
- While baseball initially started in the U.S., it has spread worldwide. Today more than 100 countries are part of the International Baseball Federation. Japan has the largest pro baseball league outside the U.S.
- Baseball’s L.A. Dodgers, originally founded in Brooklyn, are named after the legendary skill that that local residents showed at “dodging” the city’s trolley streetcar system.
- The Boston Americans won baseball’s first World Series in 1903.
- In 2014, Major League Baseball saw approximately $9 billion in gross revenue, up from $8 billion the previous year.
- The baseball team with the most World Series wins is the New York Yankees with 27 titles.
- The first known reference to the word “baseball” was in a 1744 publication by children’s publisher John Newberry called A Little Pretty Pocket-Book.
- 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.
- Craig Biggio (1965– ) of the Houston Astros holds the record for a player most often hit by a pitch.
- In 2008, Dr. David A. Peters found that sliding headfirst into a base is faster than a feet-first slide.
- Baseball gloves have evolved more than any other piece of the sport’s equipment.
- The oldest baseball park still in use is Fenway Park, the home field of the Boston Red Sox, which debuted in 1912.
- The New York Yankees were the first baseball team to wear numbers on their backs, in the 1920s. They initially wore numbers based on the batting order. Babe Ruth always hit third, so he was number 3.
- For the first half of the 20th century, major league teams barred African-Americans from participating in its baseball games. However, African-Americans formed “Negro Leagues,” which had some of the greatest players of the century.
- The Yankees’ Mickey Mantle holds the record for the longest home run on record for a 565-foot clout hit at Washington DC’s old Griffith Stadium on April 17, 1953. As a switch hitter, he was batting right-handed against left-handed pitcher Chuck Stobbs from the Washington Senators.
- There is a rule in baseball that before every game, an umpire should remove the shine from the new baseballs by rubbing them with mud from a creek in Burlington County, New Jersey.