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11 Random Facts About Baseball You Probably Don’t Know

Ever been interested in a job in sports? Particularly in baseball? You may find that equipping yourself with some useless baseball trivia may prove helpful. If it doesn’t land you your dream job, at least it will keep your interviewers entertained.

The New York Yankees boast 27 World Series Titles, a record in Major League Baseball and more than any other team. They are one of the most successful sports clubs around the globe, with 44 of their players and 11 of their managers having been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The first team to ever wear numbers on their backs was the New York Yankees. They started the trend in the 1920s, wearing numbers based on their batting order.

During World War II, the United States Army fashioned a grenade similar in shape and size to a baseball so that soldiers who had grown up playing baseball would be able to throw it easily.

The World baseball Cup has been won by Cuba 25 times, whereas America has only won the Cup four times.

Umpires in Major League Baseball are made to wear black underwear in case of the unfortunate scenario of splitting open their pants.

During the Battle of the Bulge, spanning 1944 to 1945, American soldiers used their knowledge of baseball to suss out whether another soldier was American or not, as some of the German soldiers would infiltrate their camp by sneakily dressing in American uniforms. We’re guessing the tick German accent wasn’t enough of a clue.

During a 1983 MLB game in Toronto, a poor unsuspecting seagull was killed by Dave Winfield. The seagull was killed instantly when it was struck by a practice throw by the New York outfielder. Winfield was subsequently arrested for cruelty to an animal. In Canada, seagulls are classified as an endangered species.

In a Major League Baseball season, it is estimated that around 160 thousand baseballs are used. Where they go when the season is over, no one knows.

Blind people have their own version of baseball, called Beep Baseball. There are twenty seven teams that take part, with a World Series and its own Hall of Fame.

Richie Ashburn accidently broke the nose of a spectator with a foul ball. While she was being carried away on a stretcher, he fouled off another ball, hitting the poor lass a second time.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame has become the unofficial anthem of American baseball. It was written by Albert von Tilzer and Jack Norworth in 1908. Ironically, neither of these fellas had actually ever been to a baseball game.

 

 

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