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In 1920 and 1927, New York Yankees outfielder Babe Ruth hit more home runs by himself than were hit by all the players on all the other seven American League teams in each of those years.
In September 1916, the New York (now San Francisco) Giants won a record 26 consecutive games. Last year, the Cleveland Indians won 22 consecutive games, the second longest streak in baseball history.
On May 1, 1920, the Boston (now Atlanta) Braves and the Brooklyn Robins (now Los Angeles Dodgers) played a 26-inning game, the longest in major league baseball history. The game was called due to darkness and ended in a 1-1 tie. Both starting pitchers pitched all 26 innings.
The New York Yankees have won more World Series titles (27) than any other team. The St. Louis Cardinals are second with 11.
In 2007, the Texas Rangers scored a modern era (since 1900) record 30 runs in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. The Rangers won the game 30-3.
In 1997, major league baseball permanently retired Jackie Robinson’s uniform number 42. (Robinson was the first African American to play modern major league baseball.) This action ensured that his number would never be assigned to another major league player.
In 1922, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 26-23 in the highest scoring game in MLB history. In 1979, the same two teams played the second-highest scoring game in MLB history. This time the Phillies won, 23-22.
New York Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio got a hit in 56 straight games in 1941, a major league record.
The Cleveland Indians last won the World Series 70 years ago in 1948, the longest current World Series drought. They still have a ways to go to catch the Chicago Cubs who won the World Series in 1908, but then went 108 seasons before winning again in 2016.
The 1906 Chicago Cubs and the 2001 Seattle Mariners both won 116 games, more than any other team. Neither team won the World Series in those years.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki set a single-season record for hits with 262 in 2004.
A total of 323 people have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. This figure includes six players (Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Jim Thome, and Alan Trammell) who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this July.
Ty Cobb, who played for the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics from 1905 to 1928, retired with the highest career batting average in baseball history, .367.
Cy Young, who pitched for Cleveland, St. Louis, and Boston from 1890 to 1911, won a record 511 games during his career. He also lost a record 316 games. The Cy Young Award, given at the end of the season to the outstanding pitcher in both the National League and the American League, is named for him.
762 home runs
Barry Bonds, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants from 1986 to 2007, hit a record 762 home runs in his career. His 73 home runs in 2001 are also the single-season record.
In 1876, eight professional teams formed the National League, the first major league. Eight teams formed the American League in 1900. The American League became the second major league in 1901.
Between 1982 and 1998, Cal Ripken, Jr., of the Baltimore Orioles, played in a record 2,632 consecutive games.
Pete Rose, who played for the Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, and Philadelphia Phillies from 1963 to 1986, made a career record 4,256 hits.
Nolan Ryan, who pitched for four different teams in 1966 and between 1968 and 1993, struck out a record 5,714 batters during his career. He also set a single-season record with 383 strikeouts in 1973. He also pitched a record seven no-hit games during his career.
The San Francisco Giants have won more games than any other team: 11,015. This figure includes the franchise’s wins as the New York Gothams (1883 and 1884) and the New York Giants (1885-1957). The team moved to San Francisco in 1958.