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Baseball & Baseball Snack/Food Trivia

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TR Robertson — I know baseball games are only on T.V., with no fans in the stadium and this is not quite what we thought this season would be, but something is better than nothing. Here is a little trivia about America’s game to give you a chuckle and to enlighten you about this classic sport and the food we always think of when we enjoy a baseball game. Surprise your friends with your baseball knowledge.

  • Babe Ruth once ate a dozen hot dogs and eight bottles of soda between games of a double header.
  • In a normal season Americans devour 7 billion hot dogs in baseball season.
  • Under normal conditions July is hot dog month.
  • A regular hot dog has 250 calories, including the bun but not including any common toppings.
  • Peanuts aren’t really a nut, they are part of the legume family, more closely related to peas and lentils than cashew and pecans.
  • Peanut butter was invented in 1890 by a St. Louis doctor, who prescribed it for patients with digestive problems. Wait till you see the superstitions surrounding peanut butter.
  • In a normal year, Americans eat more than 600 million pounds of peanuts and about 700 million pounds of peanut butter.
  • When fans can attend, some Major League parks now designate special “peanut free” games to accommodate fans with severe peanut allergies.
  • In one year, Boston’s Fenway Park sold roughly 1,000 bags of Cracker Jacks per game.
  • During WW II, the Cracker Jack Company produced thousands of non-perishable, ready-to-eat meals known as K-rations. The high calorie foods were crammed into wax paper containers about the size of a regular Cracker Jack box.
  • The first Cracker Jack box with a” toy surprise” inside appeared in 1912.
  • More than 23 billion trinkets, cards and other prizes have been given out in Cracker Jacks.
  • Some vintage Crack Jack boxes are valued at more than $7.000.
  • July 5th is known as Cracker Jack Day.
  • In 2004, the NY Yankees dropped Cracker Jacks for Crunch “N Munch. This only lasted for one month.
  • When open to fans, Arizona’s Chase Field offers a $25 corn dog called the D-Bat Dog, over 18 inches long.
  • The Chicago White Sox stadium features a three-pound, 8 scoop ice cream sundae.
  • The Portland Maverick’s pitchers Rob Nelson and Jim Bouton started Big League Chew Bubble Gum
  • “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was written by Jack Norworth, in 1908, while riding on a subway, written for his wife, who was a vaudeville performer. The music for the song was written by Albert Von Tizer.
  • Neither Norworth nor Tizer had ever seen a baseball game.
  • Again, when open, the Washington Nationals park offers cauliflower sandwiches.
  • The Texas Rangers offer a two-foot long hot dog.
  • The Colorado Rockies offer Rocky Mountain Oysters.
  • The Cleveland Indians offer Chocolate sauce and whipped cream nachos.
  • Between 1881 to 1891 the American Association Baseball League’s nickname was The Beer and Whiskey League.
  • During WW II, the U.S. military designed grenades to be the size and weight of a baseball, since, “any young American man should be able to properly throw it.”
  • Bank robber John Dillinger was once a professional second baseman, although he never made it to the major leagues.
  • There is an actual minor league baseball team named after the Springfield Isotopes, from the “The Simpsons” episode, “Hungry, Hungry Homer”. They are the Albuquerque isotopes.
  • Every single MLB baseball is rubbed in Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud, a unique “very fine” mud only found in a secret location near Palmyra, New Jersey.
  • In his very first at bat as a 28-year-old rookie pitcher, Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm hit a home run. His career lasted for 21 years and 493 plate appearances, but he never hit another home run.
  • Johnny Bench could hold seven baseballs in one hand, possibly still can.
  • The world’s largest publicly available collection of baseball cards is housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, a collection of over 31,000 cards.
  • Paul Jones, from Idaho, has the largest private collection, over 2.7 million cards.
  • Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year-old female pitcher for the AA Chattanooga Lookouts, once played the New York Yankees in an exhibition game and struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in succession.
  • The Cincinnati Red Stockings were the first professional baseball team and finished their first season with a record of 57-0 in 1868.
  • The first baseball uniforms were worn by the NY Knickerbockers in 1849 and included straw hats.
  • In the first real baseball game, in 1846, the Knickerbockers played a game at the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey, against a team of cricket players and lost 23-1.

Baseball has been around a long time and there’s a lot more interesting and unusual facts to share about the American classic. More to come later plus a look at unusual superstitions athletes before or after games.

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