Whether you are a casual baseball fan or a die-hard baseball, MLB fun facts are fun for all walks of fans. These five interesting facts could help the average fan impress more hard-core fans, or maybe even win them a Tuesday night trivia at their local bar.
Man On The Moon
MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry hit six career home runs, but none more timely than his first on July 20th, 1969. Although July 20th, 1969 will always be known as the day man first stepped on the moon and not the day a Hall of Fame pitcher hit his first career homerun the quote leading up the homerun truly makes one of many MLB fun facts.
Back in 1963 Perry famously said, “They’ll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run.” Flash forward to 1969. Nearly 20 minutes after Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon, Perry step up to plate and belted his first career home run. Therefore Perry’s 1963 quote became more of a promise.
The Moon and Baseball
MLB baseball and the moon have more in common than massive home runs and Gaylord Perry. In fact, another Hall of Fame pitcher has a tie to the moon, Mariano Rivera. Rivera is one of the greatest, if not the greatest closing pitcher in MLB history did not pick up the bat often, unlike Perry, Rivera had no home runs, but this fact is just as exciting.
Rivera was next to un-hittable in the regular season, but postseason Rivera was a different monster. In 96 postseason games, Rivera only gave up 11 runs. Now, what does this have to do with the moon? There have only been 12 people to step foot on the moon. Rivera has given up fewer runs in the postseason than humans have stepped on the moon, that is one of the most mind-blowing MLB fun facts.
The New York Yankees could be the most dominant team in MLB history, with a league-leading 27 World Series Titles and 40 AL Pennants. With the likes of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, and Mickey Mantle just to name a few this is no surprise. With big-name players from all decades, the Yankees are always perianal World Series contenders.
Out of the Yankees’ 40 World Series appearances, they have only lost 13 series since 1903. Of those 13 series, New York has only been swept twice, which was in 1963 and 1972. While they have only been swept twice they have swept their opponents eight different times. Also in 1922, they lost to the New York Giants four games to none but one game ended in a tie.
Mark McGwire and Mt. Everest
For many old-time baseball fans, the summer of 1998 will always be a time to remember. Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire were going at each other in one of the most amazing home run chases baseball will likely ever see. McGwire came out on top hitting 70 home runs and breaking the record for most home runs in a season, but something not a lot of fans know is McGwire hit another phenomenal feat that summer.
McGwire hit a total of 70 home runs in 1998, with an estimated 29,958 traveled on all home runs he hit. To put that into perspective Mt. Everest has an altitude of 29,031.7 feet. Therefore McGwire’s home runs combined in 1998 would have cleared Mt. Everest by over 900 feet. Who would have thought Mt. Everest would be apart of any MLB fun facts.
A Swap For the History Books
In 1957 the Dodgers were getting ready to leave Brooklyn for Los Angeles. At the time the Dodgers minor league was located in Fort Worth Texas. While the Chicago Cubs minor league was located in Los Angeles. Logically the teams struck a deal. The Cubs would send the Dodgers the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League, while the Dodgers would send the Cubs the Fort Worth Club of the Texas League. Flash forward one year and the Brooklyn Dodgers are now the Los Angeles Dodgers.
MLB Fun Facts
Above are just five MLB fun facts. With a league as old as MLB, there are hundreds of more facts that will have fans scratching their heads. Facts such as what it took for the Yankees to land Babe Ruth or even the measures it took to keep “The Great Bambino” in playing shape.
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