Random Baseball FactsWith baseball season just around the corner, I thought I would post some random baseball facts. Rather than post any deep thoughts about the game, here are several random tidbits that you might not know.
1. Before moving to Minneapolis for the 1961 season, the Minnesota Twins were the Washington Senators and played in the District of Columbia.
2. When the New York Mets joined the National League in 1962, they selected blue and orange as their team colors. The color combination was selected to honor the two National League teams that moved out of New York in the late 1950s. The Brooklyn Dodgers wore blue and the New York Giants wore orange.
3. Before moving to Baltimore for the 1954 season, the Orioles were the St. Louis Browns.
4. The New York Yankees only have two single digit uniforms eligible for play. All of the others are retired. The two numbers remaining are 2 (currently worn by Derek Jeter) and 6 (most recently worn by Joe Torre).
5. Boston Red Sox legend, Ted Williams, hit a home run in his final at bat of his career.
6. The Angels have been called: the Los Angeles Angels, the California Angels, the Anaheim Angels, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
7. The Braves have called Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta home. Eddie Mathews was the only player in franchise history to play for the Braves in all three cities.
8. Most people know that Babe Ruth was originally a member of the Boston Red Sox before being traded to the New York Yankees. But Ruth ended his career as a member of the Boston Braves.
9. The Athletics have called Philadelphia, Kansas City and Oakland home.
10. Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Vander Meer pitched back-to-back no hitters on June 11 and 15, 1938. The no-hitter on June 15 occurred in the first night game at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field.