Baseball, also known as America's past time, is the second most popular sport in the US. Its yearly merchandise sales began exceeding the US3 billion dollar mark in 2005. Below are more interesting MLB trivia and MLB baseball records for you to enjoy.
Amazingly, the Brooklyn Dodgers reached the World Series 9 times, but winning it only once.
While playing for the Boston Red Sox, Babe Ruth hit his first career home run against the New York Yankees on May 6, 1915. He was later traded to the Yankees for a mere $125,000.
Earl Weaver, who managed the Orioles for 17 years, was ejected from a major-league record 91 games. In fact, he was once ejected from BOTH games of a double header!
On September 28, 1938, one of the most dramatic moments in Chicago Cubs history took place when catcher Gabby Hartnett hit his legendary "Homer in the Gloamin'," a game-winning home run against the Pirates, hit into the darkness of Wrigley Field. Hartnett not only played catcher, but also replaced Charlie Grimm as manager that season, leading the Cubs to the 1938 World Series against the New York Yankees, where the Cubs were swept four games to none. The Homer in the Gloamin' was one of 236 homers that Hartnett hit during his career.
On May 30, 1894, Bobby Lowe, of the Boston Beaneaters, became the first Major League player to hit four home runs in a single game. The unlucky opposing pitcher was Elton Chamberlain of the Cincinnati Reds.
On August 8, 1921, in his first at bat, St. Louis Browns rookie Luke Stuart hit a home run off Washington's Walter Johnson. He was the first American League rookie to accomplish the feat. Stuart played only two more games--then left the majors with this home run as his only hit.
Pitching Past 100mph
On September 7, 1974, in a game against the White Sox, California Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan became the first player to break the 100 mph barrier when one of his pitches was officially clocked at 100.8 miles per hour.
MLB Perfect GamesThe first perfect game in American League history was thrown by Cy Young on May 5, 1904, when he led the Boston Red Sox to victory over the Philadelphia Athletics.
Michael Jordan signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox in 1994 and was assigned to the team's minor league system. That summer he batted .202 with the Birmingham Barons, a class AA affiliate of the White Sox. Later in the year he batted .252 with the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League.
The Yankees retired the Iron Horse's No. 4 on July 4, 1939, during the now famous "Lou Gehrig Day," making him the first Major League player to enjoy such an honor. Gehrig will forever remain the only player in Yankee history to have worn No. 4 because his number was retired only two months after his final game.