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Baseball inventor Abner Doubleday on the battlefield at Gettysburg (photo by mharrsch1@flickr)
Baseball inventor Abner Doubleday on the battlefield at Gettysburg (photo by mharrsch1@flickr)
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Baseball History You Didn’t Know – Dale’s Daily Data

Baseball has a rich history.  With the All-Star game being played last night I thought we’d go over some of the more unusual historical items in baseball you probably didn’t know.

In the early days of baseball, the umpire sat behind home plate in a padded rocking chair.

Babe Ruth was the first baseball player to order a bat with a knob on it. He put in his order to Louisville Slugger and he used one for the first time in 1919.

Spitballs were banned in 1920, but pitchers who already used them were allowed to continue.  Kinda like a grandfather clause.  Hall of Fame pitcher Burleigh Grimes continued to used a spit ball for the next fourteen years.  He finished his career with the Yankees in 1934.

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Baseball Hall Of Famer Harmon Killebrew Dies From Cancer

When I was a little kid, I loved collecting baseball cards. To this day, when I hear certain players names, my mind gets flooded with memories of my baseball card collection and of watching some of the greats on TV

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Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY  (Getty)
Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY (Getty)
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Dale’s Daily Data: First Baseball HOF Inductees

Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson – couldn’t argue with those choices among baseball’s all-time greats.  They were the first five members of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. 

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