Posts Tagged “MLB”

Baseball’s Career Leader In RBI’s

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Hank Aaron

FACT OF THE DAY: Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall-of-Famer Hank Aaron is the career leader in RBI’s (runs batted in). Aaron, who played from 1954 to 1976, has 2,297. Second on the list is Babe Ruth with 2,214.

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Who Has the Most MLB Gold Gloves?

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Greg Maddux

FACT OF THE DAY: Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux leads the pack by having won the Major League Baseball (MLB) Gold Glove award 18 times. The Gold Glove award is given at the end of the season to one player in each league (National and American) who played the best defense for his position.

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He Managed One Team for 50 Years

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Connie Mack

FACT OF THE DAY: Connie Mack was a MLB (Major League Baseball) manager for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901 to 1950. During this stretch he compiled a record of 3,582 wins and 3,814 losses. His teams won 5 World Series.

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MLB’s First African-American Manager

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Frank Rpbinson plaque

FACT OF THE DAY: Once again, the answer is Frank Robinson. On April 8, 1975, Robinson became Major League Baseball’s (MLB) first African-American manager. Not only was he the manager of the Cleveland Indians, he was a player-manager.

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MLB’s First Dual League MVP

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Frank Robinson

FACT OF THE DAY: In the history of Major League Baseball (MLB), only one player has won the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award in both the American and National League. That player is Frank Robinson. He was National League MVP in 1961 with the Cincinnati Reds and American League MVP with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966.

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Lorde’s Inspiration for “Royal”

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Lorde

FACT OF THE DAY: Lorde’s inspiration for the smash hit Royals was a picture of former MLB All-Star and Kansas City Royals 3rd Baseman George Brett. The picture, featured in a National Geographic magazine, showed Brett signing autographs while wearing his uniform.

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First Japanese Player in MLB

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Masanori Murakami

FACT OF THE DAY:  On September 01, 1964,  54 years ago today, Masanori Murakami became the first Japanese player to play in a Major League Baseball (MLB) game. The  left-handed reliever pitched a scoreless inning for the San Francisco Giants in a 4-1 loss against the New York Mets.

It would take another 31 years before the next Japanese player (Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers) played in a MLB game.

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Pete Rose Gets Lifetime Suspension

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Pete Rose Statue

FACT OF THE DAY:  It was 29 years ago today, August 23, 1989, that Pete Rose was banned from Major League Baseball (MLB) for life. As part of a settlement for the gambling charges against him, Rose agreed to the lifetime ban.

Though he is still currently banned, that did not stop the Cincinnati Reds from honoring Rose for his achievements with the team. They placed a bronze statue of the career hits leader outside of their Great American Ball Park in June of 2017.

 

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