America’s favorite past time
Although baseball is called America’s favorite past time it is also played in many other countries such as Japan, Netherlands, Taiwan, Italy, Canada, Cuba and Puerto Rico and a few others. Baseball is played in over 100 nations.
In Japan baseball in known as “Yakyu” this means field ball.
In the Netherlands it is known as “The Honkbal Hoofdklasse” This just means Major league Baseball in Ditch.
In Taiwan it is known as “Bang Qiu shu yu.
In Italy it is known as “Campionato Italiano di baseball”
In Cuba it is known as “pelota”
In Puerto Rico it is known as ” Liga de Beisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico”
In Canada it is just like the United States and known as Baseball.
Rules of the game.
There are some small differences in other countries but basically the rules are the same.
Baseball is played between two team with each team consisting of nine (9) players and a game having (9) innings which are divided in half with the visiting team batting at the top of the inning and the home team batting at the Bottom. The team with the most runs at the end of the 9th inning is the winner. If there is a tie at the bottom of the 9th inning the game goes into extra innings until one of the teams wins the game.
There are at least 20 different types of pitches in Major league baseball. Some of which are just variations of other pitches.
The fastest pitch speed recorded was 105.1 MPH ( miles per hour.) The slowest http://soccergarage.com/?pcoupon=garage10&pmin=100 speed was 31 MPH (miles per hour)
Hardest pitch to hit.
Most say the fast ball, but this is controversial.
Baseball has 4 bases… 1st base 2nd base 3rd base and home plate.
Rickey Henderson still holds the record for career bases stolen at 1406.
2nd base is the base most stollen.
Major league Baseball requires the use of only wooden bats.
Baseballs are made of cork and rubber at the core then wrapped in yran and covered with cow or horsehide and weigh between 5 and 5 1/4 oz. and has a 9inch circumference.
There are 30 Major League teams.