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  • Jim Davenport (1933 - 2016)
    From Wikipedia James Houston "Peanut" Davenport (August 17, 1933 – February 18, 2016) was a Major League Baseball infielder (mostly third baseman) who played his entire career with the San Francisco ...
  • Joe Tipton (1922 - 1994)
    Joe Hicks Tipton (February 18, 1922 – March 1, 1994) was an American professional baseball player. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1948 through 1954 with the Cleveland Indi...
  • Jimmy Piersall (1929 - 2017)
    A Hall of Fame personality By Mike Puma "They tried to put me into a small sanitarium and I ran away. I had just gotten so wound up that I lost all control of my memory," said Jimmy Piersall on ESPN ...
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  • Tully Sparks (1874 - 1937)
    Thomas Frank "Tully" Sparks (December 12, 1874 in Etna, Georgia – July 15, 1937 in Anniston, Alabama), was a former professional baseball player who played pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1897 to 1...

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Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The goal is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot square, or diamond. Players on one team (the batting team) take turns hitting against the pitcher of the other team (the fielding team), which tries to stop them from scoring runs by getting hitters out in any of several ways. A player on the batting team can stop at any of the bases and later advance via a teammate's hit or other means. The teams switch between batting and fielding whenever the fielding team records three outs. One turn at bat for each team constitutes an inning and nine innings make up a professional game. The team with the most runs at the end of the game wins.

Evolving from older bat-and-ball games, an early form of baseball was being played in England by the mid-eighteenth century. This game and the related rounders were brought by British and Irish immigrants to North America, where the modern version of baseball developed. By the late nineteenth century, baseball was widely recognized as the national sport of the United States. Baseball on the professional, amateur, and youth levels is now popular in North America, parts of Central and South America and the Caribbean, and parts of East Asia. The game is sometimes referred to as hardball, in contrast to the derivative game of softball.

In North America, professional Major League Baseball (MLB) teams are divided into the National League (NL) and American League (AL). Each league has three divisions: East, West, and Central. Every year, the major league champion is determined by playoffs that culminate in the World Series. Five teams make the playoffs from each league: the three regular season division winners, plus two wild card teams. The two wild card teams play in a winner takes all game to determine who plays the team with the best record in each league. Baseball is the leading team sport in both Japan and Cuba, and the top level of play is similarly split between two leagues: Japan's Central League and Pacific League; Cuba's West League and East League. In the National and Central leagues, the pitcher is required to bat, per the traditional rules. In the American, Pacific, and both Cuban leagues, there is a tenth player, a designated hitter, who bats for the pitcher. Each top-level team has a farm system of one or more minor league teams. These teams allow younger players to develop as they gain on-field experience against opponents with similar levels of skill.

MAJOR LEAGUERS

THE OWNERS

THE COMMISSIONERS AND LEAGUE PRESIDENTS

Source: Wikipedia