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In August 2008, Major League Baseball voted to:
Major League Baseball joined the NFL, NBA and NHL in using replays to determine close calls.
Which baseball great is known as the Sultan of Swat?
When Ruth hit 60 home runs in a single season in 1927, he set a record that wouldnt be broken until 1961, with 61 runs by Maris. McGuire broke that record with 70 in 1998, and Bonds became the best in 2001 with 73.
Whats inside an official major league baseball?
Save the wood and aluminum for the bats. The balls are made of a cork and rubber center, which is wound tightly with wool yarn and then covered with hand-stitched leather.
Where was Americas national pastime invented?
While athletes from all those other countries do play Major League Baseball, America created her own national pastime. The credit for inventing the game often goes to an army major general named Abner Doubleday, but thats never been proven. We do know the game was played in New York in the 19th century.
The baseball Hall of Fame is located in Abner Doubledays hometown. Where is it?
Baseballs hall calls Cooperstown home. Springfield has basketball; Newport has tennis; Canton has football.
Which of the following really existed?
The Negro Leagues lasted from 1920 until 1948, a year after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. When male players left to fight in World War II, the All-American Girls League was founded. Japanese Baseball, also know as Pro Yakyu, was founded in Japan in 1936 and is still going strong.
All of the following were once real pro teams except:
Atlanta is now the home of the Braves, but before that they were the Milwaukee Braves and the Boston Braves.
What are the boundaries of the Major League Baseball strike zone?
The bottom edge of the zone was lowered in 1998 from the top of the knee to the hollow just below it.
Chicago Cub Sammy Sosa came under investigation when this was found inside one of his bats:
During a 2003 game between the Cubs and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, one of Sosas bats shattered revealing the cork inside. Sosa said the bat was one he used for home run displays during batting practice, and that it accidentally got mixed up with his game bats. He was suspended for eight games.
In his 2004 State of the Union Address, President Bush called on baseball to crack down on what?
In addition to terrorism, taxes and education, the president also addressed performance-enhancing drugs in his speech. I call on team owners, union representatives, coaches, and players to take the lead, to send the right signal, to get tough, and to get rid of steroids now, said the president.
What team did baseball commissioner Bud Selig say he would relocate by 2005?
In January 2004, the commissioner made it official: The Montreal Expos wouldnt call Canada home much longer. As of the 2005 season, they have been the Washington Nationals, members of the National Leagues Eastern Division based in Washington D.C.