This is Baseball
Baseball is a game. There are teams and players. Scores and stats. Winners and losers. We have numbers to track everything on defense... and even more on offense. Want to know how many hits your team's shortstop has on Thursdays in the state of Texas this year? You can find it. Curious how many home runs your favorite player has hit against pitchers that are older than you? There's a stat for that. But baseball is more than just a game. More than just a box score. More than numbers.
You can find enough statistics on the game to keep you busy
for a lifetime. And don't get me wrong. I love them
all. But the Royals produced more than just 65 wins and a Cy Young
winner in that dreadful summer of 2009. They made my son a baseball fan. Roger Maris
was more than 61*. Jackie Robinson was more
And 2,632 doesn't tell the entire story of Cal Ripken, Jr. The vault is more than just an encyclopedia of baseball
history. This is where our national pastime's fantastic legacy, stories
and yes, even some numbers, truly come alive!
Take a journey through the history of your favorite team, from their stadiums down to their minor leagues. Revisit some of the greatest World Series moments ever, and see where your favorite Fall Classic lands in the Vault's all-time rankings. Laugh at the hilarious things players have said over the years. And smile.
Table of Contents
The History of Baseball
So how did this "stick and ball" game come to be a cornerstone of American culture? An obsession passed down from grandfathers to grandkids for generations?
Who Invented Baseball
So who came up with this incredible game that causes normal adults to do very abnormal things...like run a race dressed up as a hot dog or wear a giant piece of foam on their finger?
World Series History
Dramatic moments and dynamic players. Dominant pitching performances and defensive gems. Here in the Vault you can relive your favorite World Series moments that have made the Fall Classic just that. Classic.
The All Star Game
This is a look back at the history of the "Midsummer Classic," the players that have left their unforgettable marks, and how it continues to display the talents of the game's stars today.
Major League Baseball Teams
The number of major league teams has increased from sixteen to thirty since the cornerstone National Agreement was signed in 1903. Franchises have been created, moved, sold and even renamed over the years. You may know them now, but do you know where they came from?
Ballparks have housed some of the greatest teams and moments in the history of sports. Take a tour of the fields and stadiums that teams throughout history have called home.
Baseball quotes are as much a part of the game as the records, the rules, or the stories. Many have even worked their way into our everyday lives! The players who dirtied their uniforms between the foul lines have had a lot to say about the national pastime over the years. This is the game in their own words.
Remember when baseball video games were cool even with player names like "Paste" or "Star" and umpires that sounded like dying squirrels? Revisit your favorites through the years, or come back to check out our upcoming rankings of the best of all time.
Museums and Halls of Fame
Whether they are a shrine to one of baseball's immortals or an intimate look into an overlooked story from history, these museums and halls of fame share with us the timeless and diverse heritage that is America's pastime.
Logos have provided baseball teams the opportunity to create legendary identities over the years. From the iconic "NY" of the Yankees to the red socks of Boston, most of these symbols are easily recognized by baseball fans everywhere.
"Statistics can make baseball an obsession. But it's the game that makes a
fan." - Baseball Vault
"The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love." - Bryant Gumbel
"I love to play this game of baseball. I love putting on the uniform." - Stan Musial
"You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." - Jim Bouton