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What is the value of a Mickey Mantle autographed baseball?
A Mickey Mantle single signed baseball is worth about $400-$600. The price will vary based on condition, and type of authenticity that accompanies the signature. Rare examples of a pristine signature or inscriptions like "The Mick" "HOF 1974" or 536 HR's" could raise the price to approximately $1,000. Personal inscriptions like "Good luck Mike" could sell for less than $400. A rarely signed full-name signature "Mickey Charles Mantle" will break the $2,000 price mark as it did in a May 5, 2007,...
Asked in Baseball, Baseball History, Barry Bonds
What are the official longest home runs in MLB?
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 569 feet. In the news article from the Cincinnati papers, Stan Musial was quoted it was by far the longest homer he ever witnessed. Bob Nieman, a Cardinals out fielder who also witnessed...
Asked in Baseball, Boston Red Sox
What font do the Boston Red Sox use?
See related links The Boston Red Sox write their logo in a font / typeface that they haven't changed in a really long time. I have tried to find out the exact font, too, but haven't been able to. However, there are a lot of talented font designers who have created Boston Red Sox font sets that come really close, and would be great for any Red Sox fan project. For example: http://www.fontspace.com/lee-gordon/bosox ...
Asked in Baseball, Baseball Rules and Regulations
What is a walk-off home run and how does it differ from a wall-cough home run or the infamous Wahlkauff Homer for Chicago in 1936?
MLB JARGON CRISIS: Walk Off v Wall Cough v Wahlkauff Opinions and Answers That You Need To Know Hey! This is the one and only Bernie Wahlkauff and I AM NOT YET DEAD. I've been in the hospital ever since that gin swilling school bus driver ran over me. I hit the real "WAHLKAUFF HOMER" and it won the game, but I HAD TO TOUCH ALL OF THE BASES OR MY HOMER WOULD NOT HAVE COUNTED! A player CAN hit a...
How many ways can a batter reach first base?
1. Hit 2. Walk 3. Hit by Pitch 4. Fielder's Choice 5. Reached on Error (includes MLB Official Rule 7.05 i) 6. Dropped Third Strike 7. Catcher's Interference (hindering the batter while in the batter's box) 8. Fielder's Obstruction (hindering the batter while he is running to first base) 9. Going in as a Pinch Runner (most often in the late innings) 10. Overturned Out Call 11. Balk (Made by Pitcher) Some other suggestions: Runner's Interference (batted ball hits a runner in fair territory. The runner is out, and the batter...
What does whip mean in baseball stats?
WHIP is a new statistic for pitchers and it means Walks plus Hits per Inning Pitched. You add up the number of hits allowed and add to the number of walks allowed and divide by innings pitched. If a pitcher has walked 50 batters and given up 150 hits and pitched 180 innings, the WHIP would be calculated as (50 + 150) / 180 which equals 1.11. ...
Who covers second base when the ball is hit to the third baseman?
On a ground ball, that would be the second baseman as he/she is running towards the throw from third, as opposed to the shortstop who would be running away from the throw, and would be in a better position to make a quick pivot and throw to first to complete a double play than would the shortstop. CLARIFICATION: "Who covers what base" depends on these factors: -- where the ball is hit -- how it is hit (line drive, ground ball, pop fly) --...
What is the value of a Mickey Mantle-autographed baseball?
<aclass="h2headingh2"style="color:rgb(0,0,0);"name="mickey_mantle_single_signed_baseball">Mickey Mantle Single Signed Baseball A Mickey Mantle single signed baseball is worth about $400-$600. The price will vary based on condition, and type of authenticity that accompanies the signature. Rare examples of a pristine signature or inscriptions like "The Mick" "HOF 1974" or 536 HR's" could raise the price to approximately $1,000. Personal inscriptions like "Good luck Mike" could sell for less than $400. A rarely signed full-name signature "Mickey Charles Mantle" will break the $2,000 price mark as it did in a...
What are the differences between soccer cleats and baseball cleats?
All styles of cleats are different depending on brand and preference. The main difference between soccer cleats and cleats for baseball is a "toe spike". Baseball cleats have a spike at the front of the foot, where the toes are to provide traction when taking off running in dirt, whereas, soccer cleats do not have this toe spike, because it would be hard to kick a ball off the ground properly without it getting stuck in the ground. Also soccer cleats are...
Asked in Baseball, Baseball Rules and Regulations
In baseball how does a pitcher qualify for an ERA or Wins title?
For a pitcher to qualify for an earned runs average or wins title in the MLB he must have a minimum of 1.0 innings pitched per game. Therefore he must have a minimum of 162.0 innings pitched for the season ...
Can runners advance on a ball thrown out of play?
Yes. On the first throw by an infielder, all runners advance 2 bases from where they were at the time of the pitch. If the throw is a subsequent throw during an extended play or a throw by an outfielder, all runners advance 2 bases from the last base they legally held at the time of the throw. ...
Asked in Baseball
How do you place players in the batting order in baseball?
1 - The leadoff hitter is a player who can get on base. Preferably with speed so they can steal second to be driven in by the power-hitters coming up. 2 - Must be a good contact hitter. Too much power from the number two hitter is rare. 3 - A combination of contact/power. Generally the best all-around hitter. A player who can hit a fair amount of home runs with a good .300 batting average. 4 (Clean up) - The most powerful...
How many games in the MLB playoffs?
The amount of games in Major League Baseball's playoffs each Fall varies, depending on the series. If a tiebreaker is necessary to decide the Wild Card from either division, then a single game will be played between the tying teams to determine who enters the playoffs as the Wild Card. The first round, also known as the Division Series (ALDS for the American League, and NLDS for the National League) is a Best-of-5 series with a...
Asked in Baseball History, Baseball, Jackie Robinson
Can major league baseball players wear number 42?
MLB permanently retired the #42 in 1997. However, they allowed anyone who was wearing #42 at the time to continue to wear it. Mariano Rivera of the Yankees is the only player wearing #42 currently as he was in MLB at the time of its retirement. Once he retires, no one will ever again wear the #42 in MLB. ...
Asked in Baseball, Baseball Equipment
Why does a baseball catcher's mitt have more padding than a conventional glove?
because the catcher is having a baseball thrown over and over and over into his mitt at around 85 mph, and there has to be a lot of padding to cushion that blow. or else it will break his hand. fast. ...
Do major league baseball players get free tickets to their games?
The tickets they get aren't free, but the players earn so much moolah that they are virtually free to the players. ...
Why is a 'K' used for a strikeout in baseball?
The use of the last letter of Struck instead of the first to denote a strikeout dates back to when Henry Chadwick developed the box score in the late 1850's. Chadwick often used the last letter instead of the first, especially if he considered that letter to be the more prominent one in the word. Chadwick said "the letter K in struck is easier to remember in connection with the word, than S." He also used L for Foul and D...
Do errors and fielders choice factor into batting average?
Yes, if a hitter hits into a fielder's choice he gets credited for an at-bat and is NOT credited with a hit. Whether its an error or a fielder's choice the players batting average WILL decrease ...
Asked in Baseball, Baseball History
Why is it called the bullpen?
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 long time ago, they used bulls for entertainment and they kept them there. The game was played out in the fenced in areas of fields...
How far is it from the pitchers mound to home plate in baseball?
60 feet, 6 inches In high school, college, and professional baseball, from the back corner of the home plate to the front edge of the pitcher's plate (or rubber, if you prefer) is 60 feet 6 inches. The front of home plate, the 17 inch wide line that defines the strike zone, is 17 inches closer to the pitcher, 59 feet and 1 inch from the rubber. For 13-16 year olds it's 50 feet 4 inches, and in little league it's 45 feet For...