While you may consider yourself to be a huge fan of baseball, we doubt you know all 10 of these interesting facts about baseball! Here we discover the oldest baseball park still in use today, the lifespan of a Major League baseball, and who has won the most World Series titles.
The 1st World Series
The first World Series took place in 1903 at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds in Boston and Exposition Park in Pittsburgh and was a nine-game series. Contested by the Boston Americans and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston won the series 5-3.
The Unofficial Anthem
Traditionally sung during the middle of the 7th inning, the unofficial anthem of American baseball is “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”. Written by Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer in 1908, surprisingly neither songwriter had ever been to a baseball game at the time.
The Lifespan of a Major League Baseball
Do you have any idea how many baseballs are used during the span of one Major League baseball game? Well, since the lifespan of a Major League baseball is only 5-7 pitches, approximately 70 balls are used in a single Major League game.
Jimmy Pearsall’s 100th Home Run
In 1963, when Jimmy Pearsall hit his 100th home run, he ran the bases in the correct order, but facing backwards to celebrate.
Babe Ruth’s Best Salary
At the height of his career in 1930 and 1931, Major League baseball super star Babe Ruth was earning $80,000 which sounds like a lot of real money slots Australia today. However, when adjusted for inflation, that is the equivalent of just over $1.1 million today. In comparison with Stephen Strasburg’s $38.3 million per-year contract, that salary is laughable!
The International Baseball Federation
While baseball originated in the United States, today baseball has become popular the world over and the International Baseball Federation has over 100 member countries. Outside of the US, Japan has the largest professional baseball league.
Most World Series Titles
This one likely won’t surprise some, but the New York Yankees have won the most World Series Titles of all, with an astonishing 27 titles to their name.
Naming the L.A. Dodgers
While the L.A. Dodgers were originally founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1883, the team was named after the legendary skill that local residents showed at dodging the Los Angeles’ trolley streetcar system.
National Baseball Hall of Fame
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Cooperstown, New Yok and was established in 1935 to celebrate the sport’s 100th anniversary. Serving as the central point of study for the history of American baseball, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum displays artifacts and exhibits and honours those who have excelled in playing and managing the sport.
The Oldest Baseball Park
The oldest baseball park still in use today is Fenway Park which was opened in 1912. Known as the home field of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park has hosted 11 World Series’ over the years.