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BASEBALL TRIVIA V

41) What year did the first recorded baseball game take place?


The first recorded game of "Bass-Ball" took place in 1749 in Surrey, and featured the Prince of Wales as a player.

42) What was the first professional baseball team?


In 1869, the first fully professional baseball club, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, was formed and went undefeated against a schedule of semipro and amateur teams.

43) Who holds the record for most at bats in a season?


In 2007, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins set a Major League record with 716 at bats, eclipsing the previous mark of 705 set by Willie Wilson in 1980.

44) Who batted .303 in 1930?


1930 was a peak offensive year, with the entire National League batting .303.

45) What baseball innovation was legalized in 1884?


In 1884, the National League legalized overhand pitching.

46) Who was MLB's first 300-game winner?


Nicknamed "Pud" because he made hitters "look like pudding", Galvin was MLB's first 300-game winner and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1965.

47) What player has the longest hitting streak?


Joe DiMaggio's most famous achievement is his MLB record-breaking 56-game hitting streak in 1941.

48) What pitcher holds the season record for lowest ERA?


One of the most dominating pitchers of the 19th century, Tim Keefe put the league on notice in 1880 (his rookie season), posting an astounding 0.86 ERA in 105 innings pitched, a record that still stands today.

49) The first known American reference to baseball appears in what year?


The first known American reference to baseball appears in a 1791 Pittsfield, Massachusetts, town bylaw prohibiting the playing of the game near the town's new meeting house.

50) What set of baseball rules was formalized in 1845?


The Knickerbocker Rules are a set of baseball rules formalized by William R. Wheaton and William H. Tucker of the Knickerbocker Baseball Club in 1845. Although previously considered to be the basis for the rules of the modern game, that theory has since been debunked. The Knickerbocker Rules are based on the "New York style" of baseball, as opposed to other variants such as the "Massachusetts Game."

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