Baseball is America’s past time…it’s fun, easy to understand, and you get to wear cool pants and slide in the dirt. What’s not to love? Here are a collection of cool facts about baseball.
- During World War II, the U.S. military designed a grenade to be the size and weight of a baseball, since “any young American man should be able to properly throw it.”
- Pitcher Jim Abbott was born without a right hand and had a 10-season career, including throwing a no-hitter for the New York Yankees vs. Cleveland in 1993.
- Bank robber John Dillinger was once a professional second baseman, although he never made it to the major leages.
- There is an actual minor league baseball team named after the Springfield Isotopes of The Simpsons episode “Hungry, Hungry Homer.” They are the Albuquerque Isotopes.
- 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.
- Herman “Germany” Schaefer stole first baseon Aug. 4, 1911. He first stole second base, then ran back to first, then got caught in a rundown while trying to steal second again, his original intention so that his teammate on third could run for home.
- Baseballs are stitched by hand with two straight needles – 108 stitches each.