Nashville, TN (PressExposure) March 26, 2009 -- Itâs baseball season again and if Robert Ripley were still alive, he would be oiling up his glove, warming up his pitching arm, and gathering facts for his popular Ripleyâs Believe It or Not! cartoon!
During spring 1914, Robert Ripley tried out for the N.Y. Giants and made the team, broke his arm in the first game he pitched and was forced to give up his dream of professional baseball. However, he continued to love the sport and during the season, peppered his cartoons with frequent unbelievable baseball facts.
The extensive Ripley archives has more than 2,000 baseball related Believe It or Nots! To celebrate not only the beginning of the 2009 season, but also the 90th anniversary year of Ripleyâs Believe It or Not!, Ripley archivists dug through the archives and came up with 10 of their favorite fun facts to share.
â¢ Ty Cobb walked up to 30 miles a day during the off-season with lead in his shoes to maintain his lower body strength.
â¢ In 1968, San Francisco Giants Manager Alvin Dark told reporters that NASA would âput a man on the moon before Gaylord Perry hits a home run.â On July 20, 1969 Perry connected for his first ever home run â 20 minutes after Neal Armstrong walked on the moon!
â¢ Toledo, Ohioâs professional baseball team was known as the Mud Hens as early as 1896 and remains the only professional sports franchise in America with a feminine name.
â¢ Stabbed to Death by a Baseball! Stanton Walker attended a ball game and was seated between two friends when one attempted to pass an open pocket knife to the other. Just as the knife passed in front of Walker it was struck by a foul ball and driven into his heart â killing him. (1902 incident reported by Ripley in 1939)
â¢ Belt loops did not become standard on menâs trousers until after WWI, but baseball players were using them on their knickers as early as the 1800s!
â¢ The words âstrikeâ and âhitâ mean the same in every situation except in baseball parlance.
â¢ There are 12,386,344 possible plays in baseball!
â¢ Carlos May is the only Major League Baseball player to ever wear his birth date on the back of his uniform â May 17.
â¢ The odds of a baseball fan being hit by a ball at a major league game are 300,000 to 1!
â¢ Baseball is the only professional sport in which the coaches wear the same uniform as the players!
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