Fun Canadian Baseball Facts
History: It’s been said that the first recorded baseball game was played in London, Ontario on June 4, 1838 - a year before Abner Doubleday supposedly invented the game in Cooperstown, New York.
A Long Drive: To drive from AT&T Park in San Francisco, California to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, the average car requires 105.6 gallons of gasoline, or roughly 399.7 liters!
Derby Success: Justin Morneau is the only Canadian player to win the Home Run Derby.
A National Slugger: Between 1936 and 1949, Ontario's Jeff Heath held the league record of most career home runs by a non-American player.
Gagne's Dominance: In 2003, Eric Gagné became both the first pitcher to record 50 saves in more than one season and also the fastest pitcher to ever reach the 100-save plateau.
A Landmark Shot for The Babe: Babe Ruth’s first home run was hit in Hanlan’s Point, a small area outside Toronto, Ontario. It's believed the ball is still in the lake.
Translation: In French, the word batter, translates to ‘frappeur,’ while pitcher translates to, ‘lanceur.’
Cy Young to Canada: Ferguson Jenkins and Eric Gagné are the only two Canadian pitchers to win the Cy Young Award.
Axford Conversion: In 2012, John Axford’s fastball averaged at 96.2 miles per hour; that’s roughly 154.8 kilometres per hour.
A Legend: Prior to breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947, Jackie Robinson started at second base for the Montreal Royals, a Brooklyn Dodgers farm team in Quebec.
Perfection: On October 8, 1908, Addie Joss of the Cleveland Naps pitched a perfect game, only the second in major league history. Canadian Nig Clarke was the catcher in the game.
Votto Bomb: Joey Votto’s longest home run hit in 2012 was hit on April 29th, measuring 451.0 feet, or 137.5 metres.
Canadian Heat: The hottest game ever recorded was on August 26th, 1988 in Arlington, Texas and featured Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays at 109.10 Fahrenheit. That’s 42.83 Celsius.
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