Play ball!

By the numbers - March 2005

 
 

Spring training has started, so let’s hit the stats It is time, at last, for baseball spring training, and as good a time as any to mention that there were two left-handed batters in baseball history who hit leadoff home runs in both games of a doubleheader. They were Harry Hooper in 1913 and Brady Anderson in 1999. There is nothing there is not a statistic for, a number for, in baseball. So play ball!

4  The day next month that both the Cubs and White Sox will play their opening games.

8.18  Dollars, the average cost for a family of four to attend a major league baseball game in 1910.     148.66  Dollars, the average cost for a family of four to attend a major league baseball game today.

5,000,000  Number of American children aged 6 to 11 who participate in organized baseball.

3  Rank of baseball in sports participation by American children (after basketball and soccer).

1 Rank of baseball in sports participation by American children when softball is included.

30  Number of major league baseball stadiums in United States

16  Number of major league stadiums in United States that have sold off their names to corporations, including Petco Park, where the San Diego Padres play.

1,265,000  Dollars, cost of the most valuable baseball card in existence, featuring Honus Wagner.

.406  1941 all-time record batting average of Ted Williams.

.000  1962 all-time record batting average of Bob Buhl (but he was a very good pitcher).

1  The number of right-handed hitters who have hit leadoff home runs in both games of a doubleheader (Rickey Henderson, who by the way, throws left-handed, in 1993). Zay N. Smith

 
 



 
 
 
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