As of 2014, the longest recorded Major League Baseball at-bat happened in 1988 when Bartolo Colon of the Cleveland Indians threw 20 pitches to Ricky Guiterrez of the Houston Astros. Guiterrez took two strikes and three balls and fouled off 13 pitches before striking out on the 20th pitch.
There may have been earlier at-bats that extended beyond the 20 pitch record, but pitch counts were not kept by statisticians before 1980. Luke Appling is unofficially credited with a 24-pitch at-bat in 1940. In 2012, Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers had an at-bat last roughly 9 minutes due to a complaint over the placement of batter's box. The grounds crew were forced to re-chalk the box before he could finish.Learn More
The "steroid era" is a colloquial term applied to a period of time in the late 20th and early 21st centuries when performance-enhancing drug (PED) use was widespread in American professional baseball. While only a few players actually admitted or can be proved to have used PEDs during this time, accusations of use and public speculation was widespread.Full Answer >
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The fastest baseball pitch ever recorded was thrown by Cincinnati Reds left hander Aroldis Chapman on Sept. 24, 2010, and was 105.1 mph. Chapman’s heater topped the mark of 104.8 mph set by Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya in 2006.Full Answer >
The first known American to be paid for playing baseball is Jim Creighton, who started playing baseball in the 1850s. Creighton was renowned for his skill as a pitcher and batter, making him a highly desirable player, and in the 1860s, the Excelsiors of Brooklyn paid him to play for their team.Full Answer >