The 20 Most Obscure 'Firsts' in Baseball

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The 20 Most Obscure 'Firsts' in Baseball
1911 World Series Program

In his book, Is This a Great Game or What?, ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian wrote, “Baseball is the only major sport in which some of the standard-bearers have been dead for fifty years, and a team that hasn’t played in eighty years, the 1927 Yankees, are still mentioned in casual conversation.”

Indeed the game seems to transcend time and has created an entire culture of those who use statistics from the past to compare statistics with the present. In the endless desire to extract even more perspective from the history of the game, I have taken a collection of perhaps the most unique set of ‘’first’s’’ to occur in baseball.

Some of these may be familiar to you, while others are bound to be tidbits of lore that even the most ardent fans will find new and hopefully fascinating. So without further delay, here is a list of 20 of baseball’s most obscure "first’s!"

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