I was thinking about this the other day as I sat on the shuttle bus taking me from the parking lot to the main hospital of the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, where I had my recent heel surgery.
|Out of control fan|
At one of the shuttle bus stops, a tiny, bent-over, ancient, smiling man carefully stepped up into the shuttle bus, and I had to smile at his outfit. Wearing a Phillies ball cap, a red Phillies t-shirt, and baseball patterned suspenders, he was obviously a devout Phillies fan. Then when I saw him blow his nose into a Phillies handkerchief, I suspected he was probably wearing Phillies underwear and socks, too.
|Father and son|
That happened at the Reading Phillies stadium, where prior to the game, the Philadelphia Phanatic was flown in by helicopter and landed right on the second base. My youngest brother Chris was the helicopter pilot that night, and he assured us all after the game that the Phanatic was a true gentleman and had tipped his pilot nicely.
1. There are 12,386,344 possible plays in every baseball game.
2. The odds of a fan being hit by a baseball are 300,000 to 1.
3. Rule 301c of baseball states that before every game, umpires must remove the shine from the balls by rubbing them with a mud extracted from a creek in Burlington County, New Jersey.
4. A regulation baseball has 108 stitches.
5. A "can of corn" is a fly ball that is easy to catch.
6. San Francisco Manager Alvin Dark told reporters that NASA would "put a man on the moon before Gaylord Perry hits a home run." Perry finally hit a home run 20 minutes after Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.
7. The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches.
8. Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was the first baseball field built in the United States.
9. Before 1930, any ball that landed in fair territory and bounced over the wall was considered a home run.
10. The first perfect game was thrown by John Lee Richmond on June 12, 1880.
11. Cleveland pitcher Bob Feller threw the only no-hitter on an opening day on April 16, 1940.
12. Before 1859, baseball umpires were seated in padded chairs behind home plate.
13. There are two days of the year in which there are no professional (MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL) games: The days before and after the MLB All-Star Game.