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Answer I believe it was a Slide action pump shotgun ( 20 ga. ) made by J.Stevens for Sears. The one I saw was in 20 ga. but it did not say Ted Williams or Sears on it. The Blue Book of gun Values, says ( 20 ga. 3" chamber,5 shot tube ) ,circa 1910 Stevens Model 200 Answer I have a Ted William…
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Answer The answer is found at www.infoplease.com/sports.html Here it is with some other answers: Most points scored, lifetime�2,348, Gary Anderson, Pittsburgh, 1982�94; Philadelphia, 1995�96; San Francisco, 1997; Minnesota, 1998�2002; Tennessee, 2003. Most points, season� 176, Paul H…
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Actually, the answer is Don Kelly. Makes $14 M
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The New York Yankees have appeared in the World Series 40 times, winning 27 of them. The New York Mets have appeared in the World Series 4 times, winning 2 titles. Only once (2000) have they appeared together in the championship series, which the Yankees won in five games.
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Answer It is intended to distract the opposing teams pitcher as it rounds home plate, but usually it is done because the fans are bored and looking to have some fun.
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1982 against the Milwaukee Brewers.They also won in 2006 and 2011.
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I do not know the exact number, but I know it was less than ten.   4
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No, post-season home runs don't count in a player's career totals. No post-season stats count towards career totals. They go in a separate category, usually entitled "Postseason Career."
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There are 30 Major League Baseball teams. Each has 25 players, so there are 750 players in the Major Leagues. From September 1 through the end of the regular season (usually the first Sunday in October) teams can expand their roster to 40 players, so during that period there can be 1,200 Major Leagu…
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This is from Tim McCarver, so take it with that in mind, but he said that it was born from a comment that an announcer made early on. He said "They look like bulls waiting to be let out of a pen," referring to the relief pitchers. More input from WikiAnswers Contributors: Apparently it is because a…
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Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run at Yankee Stadium on May 14, 1967. The solo blast came in the 7th inning against relief pitcher Stu Miller of the Baltimore Orioles. Miller was right-handed so Mantle batted left-handed. This is confirmed by the photograph of the event that you can find at variou…
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It was invented by Abner Doubleday in 1839 in NY. It's a myth that Doubleday invented baseball. Historians have largely disproved the story of Abner and baseball. There are published accounts of the game being played in Ontario Canada prior to this date. Sporting Life magazine published an account o…
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Middle infielders and catchers tend to have shorter careers due to the nature of their position. However, most superstars play up to twelve to fifteen years. Anything higher is considered to be rare, but is certainly not unheard of.Careers over twenty years are hard to find.   [ScienceDaily (…
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Answer There are MVP's for each league. In the AL, it was Miguel Tejada for the Oakland A's and in the NL, it was Barry Bonds.
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A 23 innings game between the Indians and the Twins.
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The last time this happened was 2004, the Cardinals defeated the Astros in the NL and the Red Sox beat the Yankees to win the AL and eventually the World Series. The only other time it happened before that was in 2003 when the Red Sox-Yankees and Marlins-Cubs series went 7 games each. In fact, 2003 …
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The oldest ballpark in MLB history is Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, built in 1912. (the opening of Fenway Park was overshadowed by the tragic sinking of the Titanic.) It is currently the oldest ballpark in the MLB (as of 2010). Fenway Park is known nation wide for its "green monster," or …
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The Yankees first used numbers on their jerseys to reflect their batting order. I don't know exactly when they started, probably during the Gehrig/Ruth years.   According to Baseball Almanac.com, the Indians were the first to use numbers. They were experimenting with numbers and on 16 April…
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Baseball, Umpires and Mudmajor league baseball use Louisiana mud or Mississippi mud to rub baseball i know because i work for a team as the bat boy.
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A man named Ban Johnson bought a minor league club called the western league in the late 1800's. At the time the national league was the only major league baseball organization. In 1900 ban Johnson changed the name to the American league. They were still a minor league organization but Johnson, tryi…
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the national league grew from the first pro league the national association by Chicago owner William Hubert because of general disorganization Click on the 'History of the National League' link on this page to read about the history of the NL.
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All but one team (Toronto) in the MLB is based the US. So why do we call the championship event the World Series? Some have speculated the name derived from the New York newspaper, The World, which reported the game results. But this myth was debunked by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. Barney Dr…
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#1 You cannot get 8 batters in 1 half inning, the most batters (roster spots) you can get to the plate in 1 half inning is 7 (although everyone here says 6, that is incorrect) -- in a half inning you can have 7 batter slots in the line up come up by: - 3 runners on, reaching in any manner (3 batter…
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outer layer= leather inside layer= compressed cork
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The book "The Texas League: A Century of Baseball."It seems there isn't much information on this era.Also see the related link, a website for minor league baseball.
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Baseball is considered a development from an older game called rounders that was made popular in Great Britain and Ireland. It became an extremely popular sport during and just after the American Civil War. It was called "America's Pastime" because during the late 19th and early 20th century it was …
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It was at a Giants-Cardinals Game. Either at Busch Stadium or Candlestick Park
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The American League came to be in 1900. It was formed by joining together several minor league teams (and not by splitting off from the National League). In 1900, Ban Johnson (president of the Western League, the strongest of the minor leagues) and Charles Comiskey (who owned the Chicago White Sox…
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Baseball started in 2016. It started when An apple fell on Newtons head. In history, people say the apple fell directly on his head, but this is false. When the apple fell on Newton's head, he quickly grabbed a stick, and threw it at the apple. Once he did this, he knew he needed to make a career ou…
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Home runs This answer may surprise you, but here's the top 5 (from MLB.com): 1 D Murphy ATL OF 308 2 M Schmidt PHI 3B 280 3 E Murray BAL 1B 254 4 D Evans BOS OF 222 5 D Strawberry NYM OF 215
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Ostensibly because there are no female players good enough to play there. There is no rule, written or unwritten, that says women are not allowed to play professional baseball. Competition is such that certainly if any woman player was good enough to help a Major League team, there would be at leas…
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Yes, but it has only happened once in 1960, when the New York Yankees lost the World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 7 games. The Yankees were heavily favored to beat the Pirates in the WS in 1960, but lost when Bill Mazeroski of the Pirates hit a dramatic game-winning home run in the bottom of…
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baseball-reference would probably be a good place to look.baseball-almanac.com would be a good place, too. That site has rosters that go back to the beginning of the National League.go to the link below baseball almanac.com
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In 1910 The Portland Beavers won their second Pacific Coast League title, achieving a remarkable record in the process; the Beavers pitchers threw a baseball record 88 consecutive shutout innings.
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My grandfather, Buford Ernie Horne, was a ball player in the majors for half a year (unsure of which team) but played in the minors for the Richmond Colts (AAA), Jersey City Giants (AAA), Chatanooga Lookouts, and the Arkansas Travelers (unsure of the the last three). He played during the 1930s and r…
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That would be fun to talk to them but most have them have passed away by now+You may wish to contact the Negro League Baseball Players Association at http://www.nlbpa.com. They have a "Contact Us" link which should help you get started with contacting the remaining players from that era.ANSWERI woul…
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%DETAILS% The first MLB night game was played on May 24th, 1935 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati between the Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Reds won 2-1. "The first game played under lights by major league teams didnot take place in Cincinnati. It occured in (an exhibition game) February 21, …
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It was Joseph H. Shockley, he was a horseshoer in New York 1860.  Alexander Cartwright is considered the inventor of baseball.  Rutherford B. Hayes was the first President to throw out the game ball at the beginning of the MLB season.
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After the 2003 Detroit tigers had a 43 win-119 loss season i remember reading in the newspaper that if in 2004, they tied the record for single season improvement they still would not have a winnning record. I rember working back and calculating that if they tied that record they would have a .500 r…
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On May 2,1917, Cubs Hippo Vaughn and Reds Fred Toney both had no-hitters after nine innings. Vaughn lost his in the 10th, but Toney completed the 10-inning no-hitter for the win.
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%DETAILS% Answer i believe that distiction goes to honus wagner.although not a shortstop his entire career he has a 329 lifetime avg.
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Started in 1941; by 1942 it was played in all Ballparks.Actually it was first played in 1918 during world war 1In 1918, during the heart of America 's involvement in World War One, the Americans were assigned the right flank of a large Allied army commanded by the French. The bugle sounded and the …
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Answer Mickey Mantle hit the very first home run ever there in an exhibition game in 1965. Richie Allen of the Philadelpohia Phillies hit the first regular season home run on April 12, 1965.
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Rafael Furcal   Here is a link to the story on ESPN's site about the unassisted triple play that Furcal made:http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/story?id=1593632To quote:With runners on first and second, Furcal made a leaping grab of pitcher Woody Williams' liner. The runners were going on a 1-1 pi…
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Baseball was important because all the people that were at war left families home and since it was Americas past time everyone went anytime they could Because of the great depression baseball had what was known as the strike meaning that all nobody could aford to come to games and players were sta…
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Icons of the game have issued numerous prodigious blasts worthy of awe, but the actual distance is apocryphal and subject to much hyperbole. Examples include: Mickey Mantle - 660 Feet Mickey Mantle - 634 feet. On 4/15/1961, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Wally Post hit a shot in St. Louis that traveled…
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in the majors it was the giants,BUT he pitched in Mexico and the minors until 67
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Where Baseball Started it depends on what you want to believe.some say it spawned from an English game called rounders.and you have the controversial doubleday theory.some credit Alexander cartwright(circa 1845) a New York bank teller. previously a child's game he adjustedthe length and with accordi…
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Under the current rules, it's impossible. A pitcher doesn't get credit for a perfect game unless he pitches the entire game and allows no baserunners. There have been a few cases where a pitcher went 9 perfect innings then lost the game in extra innings. It used to be the case where if a pitcher pit…
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Baseball actually evolved from the English game of rounders. Alexander Cartwright didn't really invent baseball, per se, but he did formalize its structure and draft its first rulebook, so he had the most to do of anybody with developing baseball as we know it today.  The answer to who invente…
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%REPLIES% Answer if you are talking about a complete game,the only way would be if it were the second game of the season and they were no hit the first game.you could pitch 5 perfect innings or so and have a teammate give up 10 runs the rest of the way,or the team fields 9 players with no at b…
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Johnny Kling   Johnny Kling, a catcher for the Cubs, Braves, and Reds between 1900-1913 won the world billiards championship in 1908.
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Probably the most infamous case happened on July 1, 1991. New York Yankees @ Chicago White Sox. Andy Hawkins pitched an unofficial no-hitter in a 4-0 loss for the Yankees (he pitched for the visiting team in a game which the home team won and only pitched 8 innings. MLB defines a no-hitter with a p…
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%REPLIES% Answer Detroit Tigers Answer NY Yankees Answer The Yanks sucked a good fraction of the '80s, so maybe it was the Tigers. I don't know. I do know that the Tigers were pretty good much of the '80s. Whitaker, Trammell, Lemon, that was one heck of a team, if memory serves. A…
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Legend has it that a proposal was made to move it back to exactly 60' 0" (from 45' 0"). But due to sloppy handwriting, it looked like 60' 6" so they moved the mound back to that distance when constructing fields. For no apparent reason, they just decided to keep it that way.
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For the past 24 years, MLB outsourced the task of scheduling to the husband-and-wife team of Henry and Holly Stephenson. But for 2005, MLB has hired a Pittsburgh-based firm, the Sports Scheduling Group, to replace the Stephensons. Apparently, MLB hopes to avoid so many "semi-repeaters" in which the …
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Yes. There is no obligation to use the DH in baseball. A somewhat confusing question.A relief pitcher can be used AS the DH. However normal DH rules apply and that player could not pitch in the game.A relief pitcher can pinch hit FOR the DH as well. That pitcher then becomes the DH and normal rul…
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opening in 1965,they called it the 8th wonder of the world was the Houston astrodome,that's recognized as the first (domed)stadium
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Unlimited: If third strike gets past the catcher the runner can advance to the base and it could keep going.... :-) Correct :3. If the third strike gets past the catcher and the runner advances to base, it's not a strikeout. The "Correct " is actually wrong. A strikeout is recorded whenever a batt…
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%REPLIES% Answer It sounds like you are talking about Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, who played one game in the major leagues and never got to the plate. He is featured in the movie "Field of Dreams" and also in the book on which that movie was based, " Shoeless Joe " by W.P. Kinsella. Answ…
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Yes. Although I cannot recall the dates and teams, I have watched at least two MLB games over the years in which the winning run was balked in in the bottom of the ninth.   There was a Red Sox-Angels game in 1986 that ended on a balk, with the Red Sox winning. I can't remember the specifics, …
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Baseball Gloves The biggest change of all baseball equipment that helped to improve the players game was the Baseball Glove. The first players to use baseball gloves were often taunted and teased as being "too soft" or "sissies" because they did not want to catch the ball with their bare hands. …
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Los Angeles Angel Paul Foytack gave up four consecutive home runs to OF Woodie Held, P Pedro Ramos, 1B Tito Francona, and SS Larry Brown of the Cleveland Indians on July 31, 1963.New York Yankee Chase Wright gave up consecutive home runs to OF Manny Ramirez, OF J.D. Drew, 3B Mike Lowell, and C Jason…
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In the MLB the reason for the game to start five (5) minutes after the hour is due to the fact that the umpire has to collect the line up cards from the coach's ... the coach's as will as the team do not have to take the field till the HOUR of play ... the umpire is allotted this time to collect the…
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There have 11 different American League teams to win 59 out of 100 played. Only two years since 1903 has it not played, 1904 and 1994. The team with the most wins is the New York Yankees with 27 championships followed by the A's franchise with 9 (4 Oakland, 5 Philadelphia and 0 with Kansas City). Ot…
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By the rules of MLB, you can use a catchers mitt or even no glove at all in the outfield. The reason they don't use a first baseman's glove is that they don't need to. A first baseman's glove is bigger so that a less than perfect throw, or a liner in foul territory has a better chance of being caug…
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According to the baseball library site the year was 1971.rule 1.16 (a) all players shall use some type of protective helmet while at bat. (b) all players in National Association Leagues shall wear a double ear-flap helmet while at bat. (c) All player entering the Major LEAGUES commencing with the 19…
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I'm not sure about the total by one team... but the most total by one player was Orel Hershiser of The Dodgers when he went 59 innings in a row without giving up a run.  Most consecutive shutout innings pitched by a team: In the National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates, 56 innings, from 6-01-19…
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i think it was paul foytak   Paul Foytack gave up four consecutive home runs to Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona, and Larry Brown of the Cleveland Indians on July 31, 1963.Chase Wright of the New York Yankees gave up consecutive home runs to Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, and J…
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In 2013, the Houston Astros moved from the National League to the American League, giving each league 15 teams for a total of 30 Major League Baseball clubs.
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Founder of MLBAbner Doubleday founded baseball after watching people in a corn field with a stick hit a wooden ball. After he asked what they were doing, the men said the object of the game is to hit the ball with the stick. If it is hit in the air, it is to be caught before it hits the ground. If i…
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The answer is 0.. That's right 0 in theory if the pitcher is on the mound and licks his fingers the umpire can call a ball. So if the pitcher does this 4 times the batter walks. So in theory if the pitcher walks 3 batters and picks off 3 batters there will be three outs and no pitches were thrown. W…
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Submit another question with the pitcher's name and as much information as you can.
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If a baserunner runs into a fielder who is in the base line, and who is not in the act of fielding a ball, the call would be OBSTRUCTION on the fielder. The baserunner would be awarded the base he was running to. The runner that has been obstructed will be awarded at least one base or as many bases …
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Barry Bond's had 73 in 1 season
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The answer to who invented baseball wages a great debate. Was it Rounders? Abner Doubleday? Alexander Cartwright? Our contributors weigh in:Rounders--Baseball. Essentially baseball is Rounders renamed, go to UK or former British colonies throughout the commonwealth and Rounders is a major pastime fo…
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Touching Base The answer as to who invented baseball wages a great debate. Was it Rounders? Abner Doubleday? Alexander Cartwright? The following are views from WikiAnswers contributors: The English invented baseball (see Baseball Before We Knew It, by David Block) Baseball was invented in Englan…
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On December 9, 1982, the Cleveland Indians gave away Von Hayes and received Manny Trillo, George Vukovich, Jay Baller, Julio Franco and Jerry Willard from the Philadelphia Phillies. The Baltimore Orioles copied the Indians in 2008 offseason giving away Erik Bedard and getting Adam Jones, Chris Tillm…
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"Dauntless" Dave Danforth of the Chicago White Sox led the American League with 9 saves in 1917.He also led the league in games that year with 50 and games finished with 26.   Saves weren't official baseball statistics until the 1970-'s or so. Otherwise, nobody led in saves in the 1910s. &nb…
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Answer There is no official rule regarding home team dugout location. The home team dugout can be found on either side throughout MLB. Answer I can tell you that for as long as I can remember, the Indians always were on the 1st base side at home. Later for some reason, they switched to the 3r…
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Fewest Baseball Pitches by a ML Team In 1944, Charley "Red" Barrett of the Boston Braves threw only FIFTY-EIGHT pitches during a nine inning complete game. Barrett's Braves shutout the Reds 2 - 0 and the game set major league records for least number of pitches known to have been thrown by a sing…
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Additional s The Braves were in Milwaukee at one time. Not counting the oldest incarnations (such as the Tribe used to be the Cleveland Spiders long LONG ago): There's 30 teams now. Add in the following: The Brooklyn Dodgers The Boston Braves The Washington Senators The NY Giants, I think. The Ph…
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No. There have been pitchers who have pitched multiple no-hitters, but thus far no one has achieved perfection twice.
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I don't think so. I believe there was a woman goalie in HOCKEY, but I don't know of any of the other major pro sports ever having a woman play with the men.Hockey goalies are generally well protected by padding and the rules. Beyond that, I could be wrong (no insult or sexism intended), but pro foot…
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To earn a save, a pitcher may pitch no pitches, or 4+innings, see rule 10.20 from the mlb.comm rulebook."Credit a pitcher with a save when he meets all three of the following conditions: (1) He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his club; and (2) He is not the winning pitcher; and (3) He qual…
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Major League Baseball uses about 160,000 baseballs in a season. the lifespan of 1 is 7 pitches. the average baseball lasts 9 pitches. That's as close as I can come. OK. Let's say the average baseball lasts 9 pitches. Let's also say the average inning lasts 30 pitches (15 per half inning). We'll ap…
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Answer I can think of 12 ways (I answered this question for someone else and onyl thought of ten): Base hit Wild pitch Passed ball Sacrifice fly Squeeze bunt Fielder's choice Ground out by batter Balk by pitcher Batter walked with bases loaded Batter hit by pitch with bases loaded Error on field…
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Amazingly, one, the Cincinati Red Stockings, who became the Reds began play as the only National Association Ball club in 1869.
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Source Baseball-Almanac Most stolen bases in same game: A.L. Eddie Collins playing for Philadelphia Athletics (6) ON 9-11-1912 & (6) on 9-22-1912. Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays tied the league record with 6 on May 3, 2009 vs. the Boston Red Sox. For the N.L. George Gore playing for the Chic…
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It depends, the other runners can all score once the batter touches first base. if they all touch home than 3 runs are scored regardless of what the batter does next. So as long as the winning run crosses the plate the game is over. If the batter stops at first he is credited with a single, and in t…
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Relief Pitchers Relief pitchers are trained to go in in tight spots and get a certain job done (not that always happens) so it's not that they cant go longer but when their job is done, usually they are pulled to keep their arm healthy and strong so they can come back the next day or as soon as poss…
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Any relief pitcher can come in and pitch at least three innings EFFECTIVELY and get a save. Here is rule 10.20 from the MLB.com site on June 2nd.Credit a pitcher with a save when he meets all three of the following conditions: (1) He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his club; and (2) He is …
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Great question. The research I did show's that the ball size and weight has not changed since the late 1800's. I found this information on the following website www.npl.uiuc.edu/~a-nathan/pob/evolution.html. I hope it helps and enjoy. Charles   In 1854 the weight of a baseball could be betwee…
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%DETAILS% Not that I have been able to determine. The nickname "Lugnuts" is used (probably for the first time) by the Lansing (Michigan) team of the Midwest (A) League. The Iowa (Des Moines) franchise (AAA) has been called the Cubs for many years.The original team which played the first minor lea…
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Fifty-eight pitches, Red Barret of the Boston Braves against the Cinncinati Reds in a 2-0 complete game shutout, 1944.
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Home Run Contest Barry Bonds   Barry Bonds would definitely win. He did take steroids so without them who knows if he would win Ichiro? Not even close (no offense). Probably Bonds, though Sosa would have a good chance. Given the whole steroid thing going on nowadays, the whole issue is pro…
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Answer The distance is measured from the back of home plate to the hill. Hope that helps Answer More accurately, the distance is measured from where the first and third base lines meet (the apex of the plate) to the front edge of the pitcher's plate.
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Currently, there are only a handful of Cuban born players in MLB. Danys Baez, Yuniesky Betancourt, Jose Contreas, Adrian Hernandez, Livan Hernandez, Orlando Hernandez, Eli Marrero, Kendry Morales, Vladimir Nunez, Rey Ordonez, Eddie Oropesa, Brayan Pena, Alex Sanchez, Alay Soler, and Michael Tejera…
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I know for certain that the Cuban National Team uses the D.H., but I couldn't find out whether or not it is used in the Cuban leagues.....My guess is that they do use the D.H.
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