Baseball lore is filled with the tales of the heroic feats of athletes from bygone eras. It is a game that has transcended generations to become America’s favorite pastime. Over baseball’s 130 years of history, it has attracted a plethora of interesting individuals that have given the sport some of its most beloved characters. These traditions, superstitions, accomplishments and oddities are still present in today’s game to remind us of legends from the past.
Baseball has the longest regular season of any of the major professional sports leagues in North America. From early April to late September, teams battle for the right to appear in the playoffs over the course of 162 regular season games. Baseball is considered a pastime because of its exhausting schedule, which requires players to commit to extensive training even when not playing every day. Baseball’s limitless possibilities allow players to make history in unique ways and display their particular skill sets and personalities which give the game an appeal for the everyday fan.
Here are 25 weird and interesting facts about some of your favorite legends from the past and today’s greats.
25 Dave Winfield was Charged with Animal Cruelty for Errant Throw
24 Elvis Andrus Missed Games for a Tattoo
23 Hunter Pence’s Swings and Throws Ugly for a Reason
22 Robinson Cano Starred in a Children’s Book
21 David Ortiz Finished 3rd in Race for Boston Mayor
20 Dock Ellis Pitched a No-Hitter on LSD
19 Rollie Fingers Moustache Bonus
18 Hideki Matsui had a Massive 'Adult Entertainment' Collection
17 Chase Utley is a Dog Lover
16 Jean Segura’s Base Running Misadventures
15 The Upton Brothers Homer in Same Inning
14 Mark Reynolds Leads Indians in Homers, Gets Released
13 Jimmy Piersall Runs the Bases Backwards
12 Jonny Gomes Cheats Death Five Times
11 Edd Roush Ejected for Sleeping During Game
10 Babe Ruth’s Major League Salary was Equivalent to Jose Altuve’s
9 Clayton Kershaw’s Insane 2014 Season
8 Alex Rodriguez Once Kissed a Mirror for a Photo Shoot
7 Albert Pujols Scored a 100 on his US Citizenship Test
6 Buster Posey's Injury Prompts Rule Change
5 Andrew McCutchen Proposed on Ellen
4 Ken Griffey Jr.: Home Run Derby King
3 Yoenis Cespedes has Talented Parents
2 Yu Darvish Warms Up Left Handed
1 Mike Trout was the Youngest MLB Player Since 1971
Mike Trout turned 23 in August, but has been making history ever since he first took the field for the Los Angeles Angels in 2011. When Trout was called up to the Angels in 2011, he became the youngest Major League player since 1971. Trout was only 19-years-old when he first took the field for the Angels and has been setting records ever since, including being the first ever unanimous American League Rookie of the Year in 2012, before earning his first AL MVP Award in 2014.
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