Baseball is an intrinsic part of American culture. It is played by people of all ages, from the kid hitting balls in the backyard to the aging players reliving his high school team’s successes. At the college level, baseball continues to attract a strong following as shown by the popularity of NCAA accessories commemorating beloved collegiate baseball teams.
While many Americans profess their undying devotion to baseball, here are some facts that even the most die-hard fans may not know:
- The first World Series was played in 1903 between Pittsburgh and Boston. Boston won 5-3.
- Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants won the National League MVP Award seven times. Next in line with the most MVP Awards are Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, and Mike Schmidt who received three of the honors each.
- The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is in Cooperstown, New York.
- The first All-Star Game played by stars from the American and National Leagues was held in 1933. The National League has won 40 of the 73 All-Star Games.
- Nolan Ryan, who pitched for four different teams during his 27 seasons in the league, struck out more batters during his career than any other MLB pitcher.
- Second base is the most frequently stolen base. • The first female to win a Little League game was Mo’ne Davis in 2001.
- Baseball started in the U.S., but it is no longer an exclusively American game. It is now played in more than 100 countries in the world.
- The L.A. Dodgers was originally founded in Brooklyn. The name is derived from the legendary skill of a local resident who became an expert at dodging the city’s streetcars.
- The New York Yankees have won 27 baseball titles, which is more than any other MLB team.
If you haven’t been to a baseball game lately, buy a ticket and rediscover the allure of America’s favorite pastime.