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Giants baseball catcher Roger Bresnahan introduced shin guards in 1907.

Hank Aaron's first major league home run was hit off Vic Raschi of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954.

In 1882, Richard Higham of Troy, New York, former manager and National League baseball player, was banished from the league for advising gamblers how to bet on baseball games he umpired, thus earning the infamous distinction of being the only umpire ever judged guilty of dishonesty on the field.

In 1897, the Washington Senators became the first baseball team ever to introduce "Ladies' Day."

In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry said: "They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run." Only a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, Perry hit the first and only home run of his career.

In 1965, the minimum annual salary for a baseball player was $6,000, just a thousand dollars more than it had been in 1947.

In 1977, Mike Schmidt earned the first $500,000 salary in baseball.

In 1994, the National League and American League Baseball M.V.P.s were Jeff Bagwell and Frank Thomas, respectively. Jeff and Frank were both born on the exact same day: May 27, 1968.

In 708 B.C., the pentathlon and wrestling events were introduced at the ancient Olympic Games.

In an effort to sell more licensed apparel, minor-league baseball teams were changing their names so often that the sport's governing body now limits franchises to team name changes every three years.

The very first baseball game was played on June 19,1845, across the Hudson River in Hoboken, New York.

To date, Baseball Hall of Famers who were issued the uniform number "5" include Johnny Bench, Lou Boudreau, George Brett, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Greenberg, Travis Jackson, Judy Johnson, and Brooks Robinson.

To date, the baseball Hall of Famer who's received the highest percentage of votes for induction into the hall was pitcher Tom Seaver in 1992 at 98.82 percent. He is closely trailed by Nolan Ryan at 98.79 percent, Ty Cobb at 98.23 percent, and George Brett at 98.19 percent.

Towering at 6 feet 10 inches, pitcher Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks is one of the tallest pitchers in Major League history.

When Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs in 1927, he hit 14 percent of all home runs in his league that year. For a player to hit 14 percent of all home runs today, he would have to hit over 300 home runs in one season.

When Emmett Ashford joined the American League, he became the first black major league umpire. Ashford was also the first black professional umpire in 1951 when he joined the Southwestern International League.

Wrigley Field is the only baseball park where it is more difficult to hit a homer down the foul line than to hit one 50 feet out in fair territory, because the bleachers protrude into the outfield.

In baseball, a "can of corn" refers to a fly ball that is easy to catch. This phrase reportedly came from an old practice of grocery store clerks, who used to knock unreachable cans off high shelves with a stick and catch them in their work aprons.

In baseball, there are seven ways that a batter can reach first base. It can be done with a hit, a walk, a hit-by-pitch, defensive interference, fielder's choice, a dropped third strike, and an error.

In July 1934, Babe Ruth paid a fan $20 dollars for the return of the baseball he hit for his 700th career home run.

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