Much like the origins of the sport of baseball itself, the beginnings of the seventh-inning stretch are disputed, with a brother at a New York college, fans in Cincinnati and even a United States president all potentially being the source. The seventh-inning stretch occurs between the visitor's half and home half of the seventh inning, and it often includes singing songs like "God Bless America" and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."Know More
One origin claim belongs to a Brother Jasper, who brought the game to Manhattan College in the late 19th century. During a game in 1882 between at-bats of the seventh inning, he called for a time out so that the students could stand up, walk around and stretch their legs.
Cincinnati Red Stockings Manager Harry Wright noted in a letter written in 1869 about the phenomenon of fans rising in unison between half innings during the seventh inning and stretching and milling about. Another claim is that during a game in 1910, U.S. President William Howard Taft stood up during a game to stretch his legs during the seventh inning, and fans nearby did the same.Learn more in Baseball
On May 24, 1935, Major League Baseball hosted its first official night game, which was played between the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies in Cincinnati. Crosley Field had recently been fitted with electric lights, making that the perfect venue for an MLB night game. The home team ended up winning 2-1.Full Answer >
A baseball has three basic components. These consist of a cushioned cork and rubber casing at its core, wool and poly/cotton yarn surrounding the core, and a cowhide cover over the exterior of the ball.Full Answer >
Baseball chants are often shouted by team members on the bench and include rhyming or repetitive phrases such as "We need a single, just a little single," or "We need a double, just a little double." They may be encouraging and motivational, like the examples above, or else taunts and brags, such as "Whattayagot?" or "I got a team that's hotter than hot!"Full Answer >
The game that most closely resembles modern-day baseball originated in New York City. Historians note that similar games were played in Philadelphia and Massachusetts, but the Knickerbocker Baseball Club of New York City is credited with establishing the earliest rules of the modern game in 1845.Full Answer >