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(Encyclopedia) baseball, bat-and-ball sport known as the national pastime of the United States. It derives its name from the four bases that form a diamond (the infield) around the pitcher's…

Baseball Fun Facts

The first World Series was played between Pittsburgh and Boston in 1903 and was a nine-game series. Boston won the series 5-3.The New York Yankees have won 26 World Series titles, which is more…

Baseball in America: A History

Source: The U.S. Department of State The sport that evokes more nostalgia among Americans than any other is baseball. So many people play the game as children (or play its close relative, softball…

Major League Baseball—2004

American League Final StandingsAMERICAN LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES—2004AMERICAN LEAGUE LEADERS, 2004National League Final StandingsNATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES—2004NATIONAL LEAGUE LEADERS,…

Lifetime World Series Records

(through 2005)Most hits—71, Yogi Berra, New York A.L., 1947, 1949–53, 1955–58, 1960–63.Most runs—42, Mickey Mantle, New York A.L., 1951–53, 1955–58, 1960–64.Most runs batted in—40, Mickey Mantle,…

World Series Single Game and Single Series Records

(through 2005)Most hits game—5, Paul Molitor, Milwaukee A.L., first game vs. St. Louis N.L., 1982.Most 4-hit games, series—2, Robin Yount, Milwaukee A.L., first and fifth games vs. St. Louis N.L.,…

Major League Individual All-Time Hitting Records

(Through 2006)Highest Batting Average, Season—.440, Hugh Duffy, Boston N.L., 1894;.435, Tip O'Neill, St. Louis, A.A., 1887. (Since 1900—.426, Nap Lajoie, Phil. A.L., 1901); 424, Rogers Hornsby, St…

Major League All-Time Pitching Records

(through 2006)Most Games Won—511, Cy Young, Cleveland N.L., 1890–98, St. Louis N.L., 1899–1900, Boston A.L., 1901–08, Cleveland A.L., 1909–11, Boston N.L., 1911.Most Games Won, Season—54, Al…