batter up! for an all-american event Beginning on Friday, July 8, baseball lovers across the nation will celebrate 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star summer events, culminating in the All-Star game on Tuesday, July 12. In honor of this quintessential annual American event (not to mention National Hot Dog Month, also occurring in July!) share some trivia about this popular pastime with young customers at your summer foodservice sites: ● The first All-Star Game took place in 1933 in Chicago during the World’s Fair (the American League defeated the National League 4-2). Babe Ruth hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning. ● Women have played alongside major league players in exhibition games. In 1931, 17-year-old pitcher Virne Beatrice “Jackie” Mitchell Gilbert struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig! ● Little League Baseball and Softball was started in 1939. There are more than 200,000 teams in the United States and 80 other countries around the world. An estimated 2.5 million boys and girls play. ● On any given night, professional baseball games use roughly 65 baseballs or more. Major League Baseball (MLB) estimates that 1.26 million balls are used during a single season. ● Most wooden baseball bats are made from ash. Maple bats have gained popularity since they were introduced in 1997. ● Approximately 18.5 million hot dogs are sold during the MLB season.
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