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Strange Baseball Facts

Baseball was invented by Alexander Cartwright, modeling it upon the stick and ball game that he played then. The first known club match with rules written by him was played in June 19, 1846.

Each baseball game has 12,386,344 possible plays.

The odds of a fan being hit by a baseball are 300,000 to 1.

The shortest major league player was Eddie Gaedel, who was three feet, seven inches tall. His sole appearance in an MLB game was a publicity stunt.

The tallest player in Major League history is Minnesota Twins’ pitcher Jon Rauch, who is six feet, eleven inches tall.

Baseball legend states that the silhouette on the MLB logo is Harmon Killebrew, who played for the Washington Senators, the Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals. He was second to Babe Ruth in total homeruns.

A strange rule of this game is that before every game, umpires remove the shine from the balls by rubbing them. The number of balls that they rub before every game is around six dozen. The mud with which the balls are rubbed is also location specific. Ideally, it should only come from a particular area in Burlington County, New Jersey.

Fidel Castro was once a star baseball player for the University of Havana.

In 1965, the minimum annual salary for a baseball player was $6,000, just a thousand dollars more than it had been in 1947.

A regulation baseball has 108 stitches.

The very first baseball game was played on June 19,1845, across the Hudson River in Hoboken, New York.

In baseball, a “can of corn” refers to a fly ball that is easy to catch.

Robert Redford attended the University of Colorado on a baseball scholarship.

In an effort to sell more licensed apparel, minor-league baseball teams were changing their names so often that the sport’s governing body now limits franchises to team name changes every three years.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, houses the largest collection of baseball cards: 200,000.

The first perfect nine innings baseball game was achieved by John Lee Richmond on 12 June 1880.

Giants baseball catcher Roger Bresnahan introduced shin guards in 1907.

In 1897, the Washington Senators became the first baseball team ever to introduce “Ladies’ Day.”

The longest baseball game was between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago White Sox and lasted for eight hours and six minutes. Due to MLB rules forbidding an inning to start after 1 o’clock AM, fans had to come back the next day to finish the game.

The average baseball only lasts about a week. Each baseball can only be used one time in a MLB game.

Pitcher Nolan Ryan struck out more players in his career of 27 seasons than any other pitcher.

Manager Alvin Dark of the San Francisco Giants told reporters that NASA would “put a man on the moon before Gaylord Perry hits a home run.” When Perry finally hit a home run, it was 20 minutes after Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.

Having been open for nearly 100 years, Fenway Park in Boston is the oldest baseball stadium still in use.

The Louisville Slugger Museum, Kentucky holds the largest baseball bat in the world. This bat weighs 68,000 pounds and measures 120 feet.

The only person credited with umpiring two major sports, football and baseball, is Cal Hubbard.

In 1978, during a match between Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, a fan suffered a heart attack. He was saved by a baseball player, George “Doc” Medich, who was a medical student during off season.

From April 30, 1982 to September 19, 1990, Cal Ripkin, Jr. played 2632 straight games, which means he didn’t miss a game in sixteen years!

Mike Schmidt earned the first $500,000 salary in baseball in 1977.

The 1926 New York Giants hold the record for the longest consecutive winning streak with 26 games in which they beat every National League team.

Source: http://bitsandpieces.us/2012/05/02/strange-baseball-facts/

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Facts About Real Estate


Experience in real estate is key.

Do everything you can to obtain investing and property management background, whether it be by taking an unpaid internship, managing some properties or making a few small investments of your own.


REITs are hot.

The last decade has seen a large rise in real estate financings to the public through Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). These trusts work like mutual funds and hold property. The REIT boom is unlikely to continue over the next decade but this sector hould continue to offer good job opportunities for real estate analysts.


Negotiation Skills are Crucial.

A key skill in real estate is the ability to negotiate win-win contracts. Develop negotiating skills now and you will definitely see a payoff later.


Technology is becoming much more important in real estate.

Those who know how to develop products which use digitized photographs and video will have an advantage in the future because they can take properties to the customer as opposed to having to take the customer to the properties.



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Another set of fun facts

Baseball Facts

  • The New York Yankees have won 26 World Series titles, which is more than any other team.
  • Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. didn’t miss a game in 16 years. He played in 2,632 consecutive games from April 30, 1982 to Sept. 19, 1998
  • Pitcher Nolan Ryan played 27 seasons in major league baseball and struck out more batters in his career than any other pitcher.
  • Fourteen players have hit four home runs in one game: Bobby Lowe, Ed Delahanty, Lou Gehrig, Chuck Klein, Pat Seerey, Gil Hodges, Joe Adcock, Rocky Colavito, Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt, Bob Horner, Mark Whiten, Mike Cameron and Shawn Green.
  • Former Yankees right fielder Mickey Mantle holds the record for most career home runs (18) and RBI (40) in World Series history.
  • No player in history at the major league level has had the middle name Xavier.
  • Hunter S. Thompson worked as an assistant machine operator at the Louisville Slugger factory when he was a teenager.
  • Originally proposed names for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays included the Tampa Oranges, St. Petersburg Piers, Florida Mickey Mice, and Pinellas County Sunshines.
  • Billy Martin was the celebrity endorser for Excalibur crossbows in 1981.
  • There have only been two times in baseball history where a position player who was pitching was hit by a pitch during an at-bat, had the game interrupted before they took first base, and then appeared pitching for the opposing team during the makeup game due to a trade in the time between games.  This is the only situation in which a player other than a pitcher can have their own walk credited against them
  • After becoming a vegetarian, Prince Fielder killed a goose with a line drive at a road game against the Florida Marlins, and refused to eat the dead bird.  This was the first time a player has killed a bird during play and not eaten the carcass, which is a secret tradition held among most omnivorous players.  This dates back to an infamous incident at Bennett Park in 1911 when Ty Cobb killed a homeless man with a baseball bat and ate his left arm during the intermission between two games of a doubleheader against the White Sox.
  • Philadelphia A’s (now the Oakland Athletics) manager Connie Mack has 3,755 career victories, more than any other manager in history.
  • There is no specific rule banning the use of human-animal hybrids as baseball players, although it’s rumored that the owners collectively came to a gentleman’s agreement limiting their use during the 2006 off-season owners’ meeting.


Sources : http://rumored.com/2011/05/24/20-facts-about-baseball-you-didnt-know/


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Real Estate Information

Engaging in real estate is fun and exciting.

Some statistical facts of 2010 according to the annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers report of the National Association of Realtors yearly survey of home buyers and home sellers are the following:

  • 83% of consumers would definitely use their agent again.
  • The typical home buyer will search for homes for twelve weeks and view different homes during the home buying process.
  • 83% of buyers purchased a home through a real estate agent.
  • 41% of sellers found in the listing agent through a friend, family member, or co worker
  • The typical sellers lived in their homes for 8 years.
  • The typical home is on the market for eight weeks.
  • Homes sold through a real estate agent sold 96% of the list price.
  • 57% of sellers reduced the asking price at least once while their home was listed.
  • 88% of sellers were assisted by an agent with their transaction
  • 86% of sellers surveyed were somewhat satisfied with their agent.
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Real Estate Experience

Buying or looking for real estate is a tough but fun task to do.

Let us talk about the tough part—-


It is not easy to look for a good buy; good catch whatever way you may call it when you talk about real estate. Any one for this matter will have different criteria as to what is your standard and how tight is your budget. It goes to say, that what works for John may not work for Anna. It will take time to find that perfect fit for you!


The fun part is……


Finding one that fits for you is fun especially when you are on the process of looking one for yourself. Hearing stories for each of properties that you will have to see is fun, you will have the chance of going to a place you never been to or you failed to noticed to. Or else you will have the chance of bonding moments with your family, friends or love ones when you get to be with them as you scout for homes.





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