- Pitcher Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds hurled his first major-league game in 1944. Nuxhall, the youngest pitcher in major league baseball, was only 15 years, 10 months and 11 days old when he pitched that game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
- Did you know that baseball has been a demonstration sport at the Olympic Games many times? Have a look at this information about it. It has also played as an official sport at the Olympic Games.
- In a typical season major league baseball will require 4,800 ash trees worth of Louisville sluggers.
- Baseball's home plate is 17 inches wide (see more in baseball equipment and facilities) and a baseball ball has exactly 108 stitches.
- A perfect game in baseball is one in which the same player pitches the entire game without allowing any player of the opposing team to reach first base - by any means.
- Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run on May 6, 1915. He was playing for the Boston Red Sox at the time. 'The Sultan of Swat' went on to smash 714 round-trippers before he retired, as a New York Yankee, in 1935.
- The first cover of "Sports Illustrated," in 1954, showed National League umpire, Augie Donatelli, behind the plate with two major-league stars: catcher Wes Westrum, and batter Eddie Matthews.
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- Baseball rules were codified in 1846 by Alexander Cartwright of the Knickerbocker Baseball Club.
- The record for the most major league baseball career innings is held by Cy Young, with 7,356 innings.
- Baseball's National League was born in 1876. Eight competing baseball teams met in New York City's Grand Central Hotel. The first president of the new league was Morgan Gardner Bulkeley, who later became a US Senator. The eight original cities with teams were: Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Louisville and Hartford. Two of the original teams are now in the American League (Boston and New York) while Louisville and Hartford are now minor-league baseball towns.
- Bill Klem served the most seasons as major league umpire - 37 years, starting in 1905. He also has the distinction officiated 18 World Series.
- The first players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame were Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson in 1936.
- The largest baseball card collection, 200,000 cards, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- The only father and son to hit back-to-back home runs in a major league baseball game: Ken Griffey, Jr., and his father, Ken Griffey, Sr., both of the Seattle Mariners in a game against the California Angels on September 14th, 1990.
- Until the 1870s, baseball was played without the use of gloves.
- When Henry Aaron hit his 715th Home Run, breaking Babe Ruth's record, the pitcher who served it up was Al Downing of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They were both wearing number 44.