Baseball Urban Legends History

Here are quick descriptions of each of the previous editions of Baseball Legends Revealed.

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* The New York Yankees were the first Major League Baseball team to regularly use uniform numbers.

* Charlie Kerfeld sought to commemorate his uniform number when it came time to renegotiate his contract after the 1986 baseball season.

* Roger Bresnahan invented the shin guard..

* Wally Joyner was hit by a bowie knife thrown at him by a fan in Yankee Stadium.

* Tony Horton had an amusing response to being retired by Steve Hamilton on a trick pitch.

* When Rickey Henderson was introduced to his new Seattle Mariner teammate John Olerud, he told Olerud that he reminded him of a player Henderson had played with before. That player was John Olerud.

* A baseball player who went missing for a couple of days claimed to have been kidnapped by gangsters.

* Bill Lange broke through the outfield fence to make a brilliant catch.

* Lou Piniella was the first major league baseball player to be thrown out at every base/plate in a single game!

* Ron Wright had an extremely memorable (not in a good way) performance in his first, and only, major league game.

* Major League Baseball used to allow injured players to have another player run for them and still allow the injured player to return later.

* Dock Ellis was banned from wearing hair curlers on the field.

* Joel Youngblood got a hit for two different baseball teams in two different cities all in a single day!

* Rob Ducey was traded for himself.

* The baseball that Barry Bonds hit to pass Babe Ruth’s career home run total ended up in the hands of a fan who was at the concession stand at the time!

* Tommy Davis’ former Dodger teammate Johnny Roseboro helped him bat over .300 in 1967.

* Ferguson Jenkins lost five games 1-0 in 1968.

* The New York Post had an editorial up the day after the Yankees defeated the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series bemoaning a Yankee loss in the series.

* Wade Boggs once drank 64 cans of Miller Light on a cross-country flight (in the alternative, Wade Boggs drank over 50 cans of Miller Light).

* The Atlanta Braves had a night celebrating a gay group.

* A Cubs outfielder misplayed a ball in the outfield due to falling into an exposed manhole!

* Tommy John once made three errors on a single play.

* Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher Joel Hanrahan won a game on July 9, 2009…for the Washington Nationals!

* In Back to the Future II, a bat “autographed” by “Ken Griffey III” is used in a scene set in 2015.

* Major League Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick vetoed the fans on voting for two All-Stars in 1957.

* The White Sox once accidentally traded for the wrong player!

* An organist was once ejected from a game by an umpire.

* Los Angeles Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda has a rather…interesting response to a reporter’s question about the performance of Mets outfielder Dave Kingman.

* Shea Stadium congratulated the Boston Red Sox on winning the 1986 World Series before Game 6 of the 1986 World Series ended.

* Frank Thomas’ agents dropped him for skipping team workouts.

* A dead runner once scored in a baseball game.

* A New York man won over two million dollars betting the uniform numbers of his six favorite players.

* Cornelius McGillicuddy changed his name to Connie Mack because he was tired of writing his name on the scorecard each day.

* An ejected manager sneaked back into the dugout during the game using a fake mustache and glasses.

* A baseball player stole first base.

* Due to a scorer’s error, Tris Speaker went unrecognized for an RBI record for seventy-nine years!

* Tris Speaker predicted that the New York Yankees were making a mistake by turning Babe Ruth into a full-time outfielder instead of a pitcher.

* A baseball pitcher missed almost a month due to his fingers getting caught in a rocking chair while he was sleeping.

* Ken “Hawk” Harrelson invented the batting glove.

* At least two players of the Washington Nationals wore jerseys with the team name spelled incorrectly

* Derek Jeter was not drafted by the Astros in 1992 because of an Astros price limit for the pick that ended up being just $100,000 less than what the Yankees signed Jeter for.

* Wally Moon effectively promoted himself to the big leagues.

* Former Dodger star Wally Moon coined the term “flake” to describe an eccentric person.

* A Rockies coach quit the team (and retired from baseball) in the middle of a game!

* The Rockies were the victims of a “Denial of Service” computer hacker attack when they put their World Series tickets up for sale online.

* A Rockies fan lost a leg in an escalator accident at Coors Field!.

* Bo Belinsky intentionally hit Hank Aaron after Aaron hit his 400th home run off of Belinsky, with Belinsky tipping his hat to the slugger both times.

* Danny Goodwin was drafted with the first overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft…TWICE!!

* For a second straight season, a baseball jersey had a misspelling on the front of the jersey!

* Ray Chapman was the first player killed during a baseball game.

* Eddie Stanky developed a unique way to score on a sacrifice fly that was later specifically banned by Major League Baseball.

* A baseball team had a “three-fingered” player as well as a six-fingered player in their team history!

* Don Zimmer had a metal plate in his head.

* Pedro Martinez lost the 1999 American League Most Valuable Player Award due to being left off the ballot of two voters completely, one of whom who had made some rather interesting votes the previous season.

* Ted Williams had an infamously cocky response as a rookie when told how he could learn from watching the great Jimmie Foxx hit.

* A baseball player forgot to pack his uniform for his appearance in the All-Star Game!

* A baseball player was not selected for the All-Star Game even though he had over 100 runs batted in at the All-Star Break and his own manager/teammate was picking the team!!

* Jim Bouton took advantage of an umpire’s problems with Boston Red Sox rookie slugger George Scott for an easy strikeout.

* Detroit Tigers catcher Frank House tipped Harmon Killebrew off for his first home run in the Majors.

* The Worcester professional baseball team moved to Philadelphia to become the Philadelphia Phillies.

* A Major League owner effectively tried to fire one of his players during the middle of the World Series!

* A batter once hit a triple with the ball barely traveling 60 feet into FOUL territory!

* American League President Lee MacPhail went against the letter of the law when he overturned the umpire’s decision in the famous “Pine Tar Game.”

* Dodgers All-Star Catcher Russell Martin uses an interesting initial on the back of his jersey in honor of his mother.

* Two batters were thrown out arguing strikes…on the same at-bat!

* A former White Sox player stole home because he thought he saw the “steal home” sign…from his former manager!

* Jimmy Dykes was once traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Cleveland Indians…when he was a manager!!

* Jimmy Dykes was the first person to wear zippers in his uniform.

* The film Major League originally had a dramatic twist at the end involving the team’s owner.

* Jack Doyle was the first pinch-hitter in Major League history.

* As an adolescent, Mark Teixeira had an interesting way of expressing his appreciation for the band, Nirvana.

* The Boston Braves were named after the members of the Boston Tea Party.

* An owner correctly predicted that his stadium would be home to a World Series by 1926 – he just predicted the wrong team!

* Lou Gehrig lost out on the chance for his first solo home run crown due to a strange play involving the runner in front of him.

* Yankee outfielder made the College of Charleston’s baseball team as a walk-on!

* A series of fortuitous events turned an 18-year-old bookkeeper who had never played organized baseball into a Hall of Famer.

* A professional baseball player had a hit for two separate teams…in the same game!!

* Amos Rusie and Cy Young helped to keep Zane Grey from becoming a major league pitcher.

* Deion Sanders played in an NFL game and an MLB game on the same day.

* Rick Honeycutt cut himself on the tack he was using to cheat in a game.

* A female baseball pitcher struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back-to-back!

* Ted Williams lost out on the 1947 AL MVP because a voter from Boston left him off of the 10-person ballot entirely!

* Bill Sharman was ejected from a game in the Majors but never actually played a game in the Majors.

* The songwriters of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” had not attended a baseball game at the time they penned the tune.

* Grover Cleveland Alexander was drunk and/or asleep in the bullpen when he was called out to face Tony Lazerri in the 7th inning of Game 7 of the 1926 World Series.

* Elie Wiesel had not heard of the World Series when he was asked to throw out the first pitch for Game 1 of the 1986 Fall Classic.

* Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn indirectly led to the naming of the band Yo La Tengo.

* The Red Sox began playing “Sweet Caroline” in honor of a Red Sox employee who named her newborn daughter “Caroline” in 1998.

* The first published baseball song pre-dates the Civil War!

* A song had a strange history with the Boston Red Sox to the point of seeming to be a World Series “good luck charm.”

* John Fogerty wrote “Centerfield” after watching the 1984 All Star Game from the centerfield bleachers at Candlestick Park.

* A baseball player spent his career in the Major Leagues also as a pop artist, using a slightly different name.

* Vladimir Nabokov worked an actual baseball headline into his acclaimed novel Pale Fire.

* Two teams playing in the Little League World Series were both trying to intentionally fail in the last inning of their match-up so that they could advance to the final of their region.

* An umpire once ejected two TV cameramen!

* Robert Redford played high school baseball with Don Drysdale on the Van Nuys high school team.

* A Hall of Famer revealed the truth behind a famous catch in a letter only to be read after his death.

* A top closer had his career de-railed by an attempt to show how he could dunk.

* Babe Ruth played a part in the institution of Major League Baseball’s first trade deadline.

* A “farce game” ended up robbing Walter Johnson of an impressive pitching record (although the robbery was not recorded for over half a century!).

* A team’s radio announcer came in to pitch the final game of the team’s season.

* The Yankees signed a player sight unseen based solely on his statistics in an independent league.

* A player was once acquired for two treadmills and cash.

* Notable deaf ballplayer William “Dummy” Hoy led to the institution of hand signals by umpires.

* The Yankees had a costumed mascot during the 1970s.

* Rube Waddell once sent all his fielders off of the field during a game.

Ta da!

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