With America’s pastime on hiatus until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, we’re rounding up 20 outrageous baseball facts to help get you through the long winter without action on the diamond.
Some are funny. Some are gruesome. Some are simply ridiculous. But all are true (we think). So grab a mushy foil-wrapped hot dog, park it in the bleachers, and check out these baseball facts.
The first baseball uniforms didn’t include the traditional “ball cap,” but rather, straw hats.
The Best Start
Ralph Kiner led the major league in home runs for the first seven years of his career.
The Old Days
During the 1800s, You used to be able to put a player out by throwing the ball at him and hitting him as he was running between bases. The practice was known as “patching.”
Every official MLB baseball is rubbed with Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud. The peculiar mud is only found in a super secret location in New Jersey.
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11. Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong
Games Played: 399 Unique Champs: 44 With 3+ Games: 31 With 1+ Wins: 40 - A veteran of the game and regarded as one of the best players ever, Ambition's winning record with unique champs speaks for itself.
4. Liu “Zzitai” Zhi-Hao
Games Played: 329 Unique Champs: 47 With 3+ Games: 38 With 1+ Wins: 40 - Famous for his Trundle backdoor, Zzitai is a veteran innovator.
7. Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek
Games Played: 202 Unique Champs: 44 With 3+ Games: 27 With 1+ Wins: 35 - Twisted Fate Jungle... I don't need to say any more.
14. Marcus “Dyrus” Hill
Games Played: 275 Unique Champs: 40 With 3+ Games: 23 With 1+ Wins: 31 - A great deal of diversity for a Top laner remembered as being hung out to dry... sad that one of the unique champions had to be Lulu.
9. Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg
Games Played: 328 Unique Champs: 44 With 3+ Games: 29 With 1+ Wins: 38 - Adaptable to nearly any meta, Bjerg's list of unique champions will just continue to grow and grow.