In 1939, Major League pitcher, Bob Feller, tested the speed of his pitches by throwing them against a racing motorcycle before radar guns were invented.
Baseball is so popular in Japan that many fans are surprised to hear that Americans also consider it their national sport.
The Cleveland Indians once had a $0.10 Beer Night. Cleveland had to forfeit the game when their drunk fans started a riot during the 9th inning. Players had to attack fans with baseball bats to protect themselves.
Kathryn Johnston became the first girl to play Little League baseball in 1950, when she tucked her hair under her hat, adopted the nickname “Tubby”, and joined the Kings Dairy team, posing as a boy. When she told her coach she was a girl, he said “That’s O.K., you’re a darned good player.”
On Jose Fernandez’s 4th attempt to defect from Cuba to the US, a person fell overboard. Jose jumped into the waters and saved the person. He recalled, “I don’t remember much, just diving in the water and swimming towards this woman. As I was getting close, I could see it was my mother”.
In 1925 an all-black baseball team in Wichita, Kansas played an exhibition against a local KKK Klavern, with Irish Catholics serving as umpires. The black team won 10-8.
Many MLB managers yell random things at umpires during “arguments” (such as complaining about wine they had an Italian restaurant or how bad their team is) in order to fire up their team while not getting thrown out of the game.
A player challenging the New York Yankees appearance policy by citing Jesus having long hair was told to walk on water if he wanted to be exempt from it.
Baseball player Gates Brown snuck hot dogs into the dugout during a game. Before he could eat them, he was called upon to pinch hit so he stuffed them into his jersey. He ended up having to slide into second base causing ketchup and mustard to smear all over his jersey leading to a $100 fine.
Every ball used in an MLB game is covered in mud that comes from a secret location in New Jersey. A man skims through riverbanks to find the mud, then refines it before it’s applied to balls. It’s called the Lena Blackburne Original Baseball Rubbing Mud.