With spring comes America’s favorite pastime, baseball. The roaring of the crowd, the cracking of the bat, and “Take me out to the Ball Game”, have more meaning than just people, the game and a song. They have memories.
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And with memories come a long season of watching your favorite team sometimes play awesome, or sometimes play horrible. But, if you have love for the game, you’ll love your team no matter how they play.
So, to kick off this baseball season, below are some fun and interesting facts you may not know about the sport.
1. No one had an RBI in the 1968 All-Star game.
2. Don Baylor played in three straight World Series for three different teams; 1986 (Red Sox), 1987 (Twins), and 1988 (Athletics).
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3. Every single MLB baseball is rubbed in Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud, a unique “very fine” mud only found in a secret location near Palmyra, New Jersey.
4. Many major league baseball players, including Moises Alou, Jorge Posada and Kerry Wood, have admitted that they pee on their own hands during baseball season to “toughen” their grip. Gross!
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5. Baseball Hall of Famer, Johnny Bench, can hold seven baseballs in one hand.
6. In the late 1957 season, the Cubs and Dodgers traded their entire minor league teams.
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7. Derek Jeter made $269,841.27 per at bat last year. That’s so not fair!
8. Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year-old female pitcher for the AA Chattanooga Lookouts, once played the New York Yankees in an exhibition game and struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in succession.
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9. On July 17, 1990, the Minnesota Twins turned two triple plays against the Red Sox.
10. Cal Ripken Jr. played in 2,632 consecutive games from 1982 to 1998…He must have been tired!