Baseball is America’s favorite pastime and has enjoyed an exalted position in the history of sports in the country. The history of the sport can be traced to the 19th century, when amateurs developed and starting playing an informal version of baseball using homemade equipment. Soon, thanks to the popularity of the amateur sport, teams started to form and a semi-pro national baseball competition was held in the 1860s. Since then, baseball has grown into a completely professional sport that is widely played in the US. If you are looking for baseball tickets, you can get them here.
A National League was established in 1876 and in 1900, a “classic eight” lineup was created. This lineup included the baseball big names Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds. 1901 saw the establishment of the American League with eight teams in the mix.
Today, the Major League Baseball has developed into one of the most watched and followed leagues in the history of sports with baseball tickets selling out faster than ever. It currently has 30 teams with New York Yankees having the most titles (27 titles). The most recent title was won by the Chicago Cubs, who happen to have 27 titles to their name so far.
Interesting Facts about Baseball
American baseball has an unofficial anthem, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” that was traditionally sung in the middle of the 7th inning. It was written by Albert von Tilzer and Jack Norworth in 1908. Interestingly enough, both the songwriters had never been to a baseball game.
The base that is most stolen in a baseball game is the second base.
The life span of a major league baseball is approximately 5 to 7 pitches. In a typical game, nearly 70 balls are utilized.
Even though the sport is largely only famous in North America, its popularity has spread to more than 100 countries across the globe. Japan has the largest pro baseball league, after the US.
No woman has ever played in a major league baseball game. In fact, the only woman to have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame is sports executive Effa Louise Manley (1897-1981).
Baseball gloves have changed more over the years than any other sports equipment.
The New York Yankees were the first team to display numbers on their backs. In the 1920s, they initially wore numbers on their backs according to the batting order.
The Chicago Cubs outfielder Rick Monday became a legend after he saved an American flag from two men who were attempting to set it on fire in the outfield at the Dodger Stadium in 1976. The fans in the stadium (more than 25,000 in number) gave him a standing ovation and sang “God Bless America”.
Several movies on baseball have made it big in Hollywood. These include The Bad New Bears (1976), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), Bill Durham (1988), Moneyball (2011), A League of Their Own (1992) and Eight Men Out (1988).
The first professional baseball game that was aired on television was between Brooklyn and Cincinnati, on August 26, 1939.
The San Francisco Giants have the largest number of players in the Hall of Fame, with 24 players who have made it to the prestigious list.
The last major league team to install lights in their ballpark was Chicago Cubs. Until 1988, the Wrigley Field did not have flood lights and all home games were played during the day time.
The most popular food item during baseball games are hot dogs. In the 2014 season alone, baseball fans ate 21,357,316 hot dogs, along with 5,508,887 sausages. That is enough sausages to stretch from the Wrigley Field in Chicago to the Dodger Stadium in LA.
The fastest baseball game ever played lasted 51 minutes only. It was played on 28th September, 1919 with the New York Giants defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 at the Polo Grounds.
The longest game according to historical records was played between the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers on 9th May, 1984. This game lasted around 8 hours and 6 minutes and went on for 25 innings.
The lowest number of people at a baseball game was in 2011 in a game played between the Florida Marlins against the Cincinnati Reds. Just 347 people were in attendance, mainly due to the Hurricane Irene.
With a game as interesting as baseball, there is no surprise to the fact that baseball tickets sell out fast. Many online and offline vendors put up baseball tickets for sale. You should ideally buy baseball tickets well in advance of the game you want to watch.