4 - Eddie Mathews was the first Braves player to smash 40 or more home runs in a single season, accomplishing the record for the first time in 1953 and repeating it four times during his career (in 1954, 1955, and 1959). He's still the leader in this category.
After leaving Atlanta following the 1965 season, Brooks Robinson became one of the most beloved players in baseball history. During his eight-year tenure with the Baltimore Orioles, he set a new standard for what a second baseman should be - he was great at calling games, managing pitchers, and batting behind the plate. Robinson also happened to be an elite hitter who finished top five in MVP voting three times. His career average of.292 is the highest of any second baseman who has played at least 1,000 innings at the position.
On April 17, 1973, Brooks Robinson became the first player to hit four homers in a game when he did so against Jack Fisher of the San Francisco Giants. The Orioles won the game 21-6.
Brooks Robinson Jr. was born on August 8, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York. He debuted with the Orioles in 1969 at the age of twenty. By 1973, he was one of the best defensive second basemen in baseball. That same year, he scored 100 or more runs for the first time in his career. He ended up with 105 RBIs.
He hit 34 and 24 home runs, respectively, making him the first and only player to hit at least fifty home runs in a season while playing for two clubs, as well as the first and only player to accomplish it while playing in both leagues. He did so in 1884 and 1888.
Besides his achievements on the field of play, George Wright is also known for hitting the first home run in the new ballpark, Chicago's White Stockings League (now Chicago Cubs) game on April 15, 1887. The ball was hit by Joe Hatton against the direction of Manager Jim Mutrie who had ordered his players not to swing at balls thrown high and outside. The shot came after the White Stockings were already down 2-0 and they eventually lost 3-2.
Wright got his nickname "The Flying Dutchman" in 1889 when he set a record by getting hit by pitch 100 times, an average of one per game. The Baltimore Orioles played in the New York National League that year and they used this tactic as a means of discouraging their opponents from batting around order. It worked: Wright drove them in with his prodigious power and they won the division title with a record of 95-43. The following year, 1890, was his last at bat for Baltimore as he signed with another National League team, the Philadelphia Quakers, and never returned to Maryland again.
Stivetts had previously held the record, having hit seven in 1890. Ferrell, Lemon, Don Newcombe, Don Drysdale (twice), Wilson, and Mike Hampton are the only pitchers who have hit seven home runs in a season since 1931. Babe Ruth began his major league career as a pitcher before making the switch to the outfield. In 1954, he returned to the mound to close out the season and went on to post a 16-5 record with a 1.80 ERA.
An athlete's body is designed for speed and strength. As you develop your skills as a ballplayer, you may want to consider wearing protective equipment such as helmets or guards to avoid injuries that could end your season prematurely.
Some sports require specific equipment that can cost hundreds of dollars. For example, athletes who play ice hockey on a professional level need quality gear because injury is common due to the physical nature of the game. Sports such as ice hockey that use a stick to check players into the boards cannot be played without them. In addition, players wear helmets to protect themselves from checks to the head.
The most important piece of equipment for any athlete is their brain. Even though baseball has the lowest rate of concussion among major sports, it is still a dangerous game. Players should take special care not to be hit in the head with a pitch or while running the bases. Hitting one's head is the number one cause of injury to amateur baseball players.