Baseball is one of the world’s most-watched sports, especially around the American continent. The sport is also incredibly popular in Dutch overseas territories in the Caribbean and has led to the creation of several teams.
It has a long-standing history before it became the sport we all love and cherish. Some legendary baseball pitchers are still remembered as the top players of all time, even by people who aren’t fans of the sport. Read on to find out what our top seven facts about baseball are, and start betting on your favorite MLB lines.
The First MLB Team Was the Cincinnati Red Stockings
Baseball wasn’t a very popular sport until the American Civil War when soldiers began sharing the new sport with others. The first team was the Cincinnati Red Stockings, also known as the Cincinnati Base Ball Club, founded in 1869. The team was the first to pay players to play professionally and played in the Union Cricket Club Grounds.
There Are Only Three Players With Over 700 Home Runs
Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds are the only three players in the MLB with over 700 home runs. Ruth’s record of 714 home runs was set in his final game in May 1935. Around 40 years later, in April 1974, Hank Aaron surpassed Ruth and set a new record at 755 home runs. The record was smashed in 2007 when Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run. The player hit five more, with the record currently at 762.
Edwin Jackson Played for the Most Teams
The famous pitcher Edwin Jackson played for 14 MLB teams in 17 years of his career, surpassing the previous record set by Octavio Dotel, who played for 13 MLB teams during his 15-year career. Jackson started his career in 2003 playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and finished in 2019 in the Detroit Tigers.
Yogi Berra Played in the Most World Series
MLB fans certainly know Yogi Berra. The hall of Famer is known for appearing in 14 world series, winning 10 of them with the New York Yankees between 1946 and 1963. Berra became a manager for the Yankees and the Nets and even landed coach roles in the two teams. Unfortunately, Yogi Berra passed away in 2015 at age 90.
The First Female MLB Coach Was Alyssa Nakken
Alyssa Nakken is well known in the baseball world. The 31-year old coach joined the ranks of the San Francisco Giants as an intern and quickly worked her way through the club, landing the role of assistant coach in January 2020.
Just a few months later, in July, Nakken became the first woman to coach in the field of an MLB game, winning 6-2. Her jersey was later sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Connie Mack Is the Manager With the Most Wins of All Time
Connie Mack is one of the longest-standing managers of all time, managing the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901 to 1950. Before that, Mack played for the Philadelphian team for 15 years and had a previous management role. His longevity has earned him the title of the manager with the most wins of all time, a record that won’t be broken anytime soon. Fun fact, Mack is also the manager with the most losses of all time.
The First Black MLB Player Was Jackie Robinson
Things were different back in the forties as black people had to play in a league of their own due to the segregation laws. However, Robinson changed things; the black player was the first to play in the MLB on April 15, 1947. For his efforts, the player won a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 and a special day – Jackie Robinson day, where all teams use a jersey with the number 42, Jackie’s jersey number.