Baseball season has officially begun, and in honor of America’s favorite pastime, I’ve put together a list of the top 10 most interesting facts you should know about baseball.
- The longest game on record was between the Chicago White Sox and the visiting Milwaukee Brewers on May 9, 1984. The game lasted 8 hours 6 minutes and went 25 innings.
- There is a rule that a pitcher must wipe his hand on his jersey before he grips the ball for a pitch.
- The first pro baseball game ever to be aired on television was on August 26, 1939. It was a doubleheader between Brooklyn and Cincinnati.
- The most valuable baseball card ever is the 1909 Honus Wagner T206 baseball card, worth about $2.8 million.
- The oldest player to hit a home run was Julio Franco (1958– ) of the New York Mets. He was 47 years and 240 days old when he hit a home run on April 20, 2006.
- The National Baseball Hall of Fame is located in Cooperstown, New York, and was established in 1935.
- Baseball gloves have evolved more than any other piece of the sport’s equipment.
- The Boston Americans won baseball’s first World Series in 1903.
- A baseball pitcher’s curveball can curve over 17 inches away from a straight line toward home plate.
- “Cranks” was an early term for baseball fans in the late 1880s. The term “fan” is said to be a shortened form of “fanatic.”
So grab your baseball hats and settle in with a box of crackerjacks to celebrate the beginning of baseball season and catch a game. Go team!