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 about 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 >
One game that is similar to baseball is rounders, an English game traditionally played by students and consisting of hitting a ball and running around four posts laid out in a diamond pattern. A few distinctions from baseball and rounders are that the posts are sticks instead of flat bases and that the fourth post is located away from the batting area.Full Answer >
The penalty for a balk in baseball is an automatic ball for the batter. A balk can occur in several ways.Full Answer >
In baseball and softball, an RBI is a "run batted in," and a batter receives one when a player scores after he is credited with a hit. Batters also receive one upon drawing a walk with the bases loaded.Full Answer >