- Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame outfielder Ted Williams is the last man to bat .400 in a Major League season.
- The first concrete and steel ballpark—Shibe Park—opened in 1909 in Philadelphia.
- The hot dog is a staple ballpark food. In Los Angeles, Dodger Dogs are for sale; in Boston, Fenway Franks. There is a Cincinnati Cheesy Coney and a Milwaukee Brat.
- Two teams who used the same nickname in three different cities: the Braves started in Boston, moved to Milwaukee, and then to Atlanta. The Athletics were founded in Philadelphia, played in Kansas City, and now reside in Oakland.
- The first night game in Major League history was played at Crosley Field in Cincinnati on May 24, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt lit up the stadium from the White House 600 miles away.
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About the Author
Lew Freedman is an author and sports editor for The Republic in Columbus, Indiana, where he lives. He has been sports editor with the Chicago Tribune, where he covered the Bears, and has worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Anchorage Daily News. His books include Pittsburgh Steelers: The Complete Illustrated History and Chicago Bears Stadium Tales.