Celebrate America’s Favorite pastime by doning your favorite team’s colors and hearing these eight fun trivia facts about Major League Baseball.

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Gloves on, batters up! We’re rocking our vintage caps and MLB Charm Bangles and brushing up on our baseball history in honor of America’s favorite pastime.

Once a casual sport in our country, played in hometowns and neighborhoods since the late 1700s, baseball gained massive popularity by the 1860s, when semipro national baseball leagues first appeared across the country. This quintessential American pastime gained such popularity that it is now played around the world. In fact, it’s so beloved in Cuba that this tiny Caribbean nation has won more international Baseball World Cup games than any other country.

Get your notepad ready for these fun – and historical – facts about American baseball.

1. Contrary to popular belief, Abner Doubleday (most renowned for his relation to the coveted National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York) was not the inventor of baseball. In fact, the true origination of the sport is unclear.

2. Believed to date back to the 18th century, it’s been said that baseball derived from cricket.

3.  Alexander Joy Cartwright, the “Father of Modern Baseball,” is credited for the ideation of a diamond-shaped field, three strike concept, three-out innings, and more of the fundamental rules we know today.

4. The first official baseball game was played in 1846.

5. Major League Baseball (MLB) was founded in 1869 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

6. The first televised MLB game was played and aired in 1939 between the Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers.

7. To date, the New York Yankees hold the most World Series titles, with a total of 27 wins.

8. Baseball is the only professional sport to take curses and superstitions seriously. From the “Curse of the Billy Goat” on the Chicago Cubs to the many batter’s box routines, baseball players and fans alike use rituals to up their chances of a winning season

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There you have it, folks! Now that you know the basic foundations of this beloved sport, it’s time to go out there and grab your team’s bangle, dress for the game, and cheer on your favorite team!

Also, be sure to frequently check our MLB collection for colorful new additions.

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Kourtney Maglione
Written by Kourtney Maglione
A 401 girl born and raised, keeping it real is how I spend most of my days. I am the Digital Content Editor dabbling in anything from visual curation and copy creation to #MotivationNation. Robert Frost said it best: “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.”