MLB Baseball Trivia
Ask any MLB fan about current stats and you will get a very detailed description of all the current players and even some not so current ones. But even some of those biggest fans don’t even realize all the useless facts out there about baseball. They may be useless, but they are fun to spout out in random conversation. So here is your guide to random, most-of-the-time useless facts.
- Before 1930, the American League and the National League seasons considered fly balls that bounced up and over the outfield fence as home runs. And even if they bounced once and went over, these were still considered home runs.
- Babe Ruth never had a “bounce” home run.
- Lou Gehrig had a few “bounce” home runs.
- Many other players of that era, including Rogers Hornsby had many “bounce” home runs.
- But there was a stipulation on those “bounce” home runs. Before 1931, the foul lines were infinite. That means that even though the ball went over the fence for a home run, if it didn’t land within the boundaries that infinitely extend, the run didn’t count.
- This caused Babe Ruth to miss out on an approximate 75 home runs.
- The infinitely long foul lines were due to the lack of foul poles. It was incredibly difficult to see if the in-air ball was fair or not, especially without the foul poles that were introduced to the game a little later.
- 1846: the first recorded argument between a player and an umpire. So that’s where that started.
- 1879: it was decided that all pitched balls must be called strikes, balls, or fouls-without exception.
- 1880: If a base runner was hit by a ball, they were out automatically.
- 1881: The pitching distance is lengthened by fifty feet!
- 1885: the bat was allowed to have one flat side. This rule only lasted a year.
- The average baseball only lasts about 8 days.
- Each baseball can only be used once in a Major League Baseball game.
- The New York Yankees wore pinstriped uniforms for the first time in 1915.
- The first time a Major League season was shortened was in 1918-due to World War I.
- The silhouette for the Major League of baseball is of Harmon Killebrew.
- Jackie Robinson was the first baseball player to be named rookie of the year (1947).
Baseball has been America’s favorite pastime for a long time now. And that doesn’t look like it is about to change anytime soon; let’s hope it doesn’t. It is a part of who we are as a country and individuals.