With the exception of only three major league teams, the Angels, the Yankees, and the Dodgers, most baseball teams have a mascot. This mascot may not seem to have much of a purpose and according to some, the mascot is more beneficial in other sports, but there is a purpose to it. To ensure the crowd is entertained. However, many people still want to know why baseball has mascots. The answer is simple. It is a distraction between plays, something that people can enjoy seeing during downtime, and something that symbolizes the team.

The idea of a mascot in sports was started with a baseball team. Mr. Met was introduced in 1964 when Shea Stadium opened and the New York Mets were playing. It was an inanimate object, but the crowd loved it. It was soon followed others and today there is even a Mascot Hall of Fame dedicated to them.

The Hall of Fame was started in 2005, by David Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic. He was a part of the team from 1978 through 1993. The purpose of this Hall of Fame is to give credit where it is due. It honors the performers and their performances.

Some of the most loved mascots are the Phillie Phanatic, the San Diego Chicken, and, of course, Mr. Met, but they are not the only ones we hold dear. Others include Homer the Brave of the Atlanta Braves, Ace who is a Toronto Blue Jays mascot, and Bernie Brewer of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The mascot’s job is to delight the crowd. It gives teams a chance to express themselves. The mascot often dresses as something that is significant to the area they are from or the people on the team. It is said that a good mascot can make the crowd laugh and cry. Their job is to provoke the audience to feel something. Even if it is joy over a home run or a play that was well made, to irritation over a judge’s bad call. The mascot celebrates that team that they support and becomes an icon for the crowd to love.

Most mascots are fun loving creatures, but there are others who take the field with a feisty persona. Most all mascots are seen smiling and joyful, so that even their sarcasm over a missed play can be seen by the crowd as fun. That is why mascots are so loved by their fans and their teams.

Baseball is a game that everyone knows and most people love watching. The premise behind it is simple. One person throws the ball and another hits it with a bat. From there, upon a successful hit, the hitter runs around bases to try and reach home base, while others catch the ball and try to stop him. However, the rules of baseball are a little more complex and they have been fine tuned for many years to give us the rules that we have today. If you love the game, you may question why some rules exist. Here, hopefully, you will gain an understanding of all of the rules for professional baseball that are used today.

The original baseball game that we know and love started as a combination of two games, Cricket and Rounders, back in the 18th century. It wasn’t until September 1845 that the formation of what we now know as baseball began. The New York Knickerbocker Baseball Club, which Andrew Joy Cartwriter, a firefighter and a bank clerk, created. He personally decided that baseball needed the diamond field of play, foul lines, and a rule of three strikes. He is also the man who deemed it dangerous to tag runners by hitting them with a baseball. In the end, he also made the gameplay faster and more challenging, but it wasn’t until 1846 when the first game actually took place and the team played against cricket players.

By 1957, the Knickerbocker rules were the standard rules of baseball and it continued to govern the sport until 1872. It meant that there were 9 innings rather than 21 runs deemed who the winner may be. Strikes were recognized as strikes and the rule of the batter being out after it was caught on the fly or after a single bounce. In 1867, batters could decide whether they wanted a high or low pitch.

At first, changes in the rules were pretty much yearly as were the things that they used. For instance, balls gained a cork center in 1910. A home run had to be over 250 feet in 1925 and even the height of the pitcher’s mound became regulated and dropped five inches in 1969.

The most recent change to hit Professional baseball is that there are no steroids allowed. Even performance enhancing drugs are banned. The end results, a clean sport that does not allow very much contact between players.

Baseball is a sport that has been around since roughly the year of 1845. In all that time, it is no surprise that it has a lot of history that many may not be aware of, including the fact that it is a game which was invented based on two other games, rounders and cricket. The first “team” was the New York Knickerbocker Baseball Club. Here is a little glimpse of some of the strangest fun facts about baseball, the sport that everyone has dubbed, “America’s favorite pastime”.

While playing for the cubs in 1905, an outfielder by the name of Jack McCarthy managed to throw out three runners, in a single inning, who were trying to score. In the years since, no one else has been able to top him.

The year was 1923, and Clarence Blethen made history as being the only man ever to be injured by biting his own backside. He was a pitcher for the Red Sox and used to put his teeth into his back pocket because he would look meaner without them. However, during the game, he forgot about his teeth and when we went to steal second base, his teeth clamped down on his bottom.

In 1957, the Dodgers and the Cubs switched an entire roster of players between themselves. It made history by being the biggest trade in baseball history.

Gaylord Perry, his San Francisco Giants manager stated quite clearly to a reporter said, “They will put a man on the moon before Perry hits a home run.” It was kind of true. The day was July 20, 1969, the man was Neil Armstrong, and Perry lost by 20 minutes. It was his first home run ever.

Joel Youngblood was the only player to have ever hit a baseball for two different teams, in two different cities, on the same day. It happened in 1982 when immediately after a game with the Cubbies, he discovered he had been traded to the Expos. He flew out and landed in Philadelphia and in the middle of a game and managed to hit a ball during gameplay.

Don Baylor played three consecutive World Series games, for three different teams. In 1986, he joined the Red Sox, in 1987 it was the Twins, and for 1988, he played with the Athletics.