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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian08 Jul 2019 5:49 a.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

Can You Name a Famous Baseball Player?

83% said "yes"
8% said "no"
2% said "what is baseball?"

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2019 10:46 a.m. PST

I am the 8% grin

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian08 Jul 2019 2:02 p.m. PST

I thought everyone knew Babe Ruth. grin

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2019 2:54 p.m. PST

I have heard of Babe Ruth – but I'm guessing he wasn't actually Mr B. Ruth, and I have no idea what his real name was so didn't really count him.

I did admit to Joe DiMaggio – because he married Marilyn Monroe. That's kind of fame by association so I discounted him too. I have no idea what he actually did – bat or bowl or just good at fielding ? Who knows.

coopman08 Jul 2019 4:18 p.m. PST

If I had to name a current MLB player, I'd be in trouble.

von Schwartz08 Jul 2019 4:41 p.m. PST

My twin brother from another mother, Frankie Viola, formerly of the 1989 World Series Champions MINNESOTA TWINS (and the crowd goes wild!!)

Dynaman878908 Jul 2019 5:15 p.m. PST

> I thought everyone knew Babe Ruth.
The Candy Bar?

HMS Exeter08 Jul 2019 6:11 p.m. PST

George Herman Ruth. He was born in my hometown.

Dukewilliam08 Jul 2019 6:44 p.m. PST

Joe DiMaggio was one of the best center fielders in history. He could do it all and still holds the unbreakable record of hitting safely in 56 straight games. Not only that but he was robbed of not one but two hits in game 57, then hit safely in the next 17 straight after that!!!

His replacement? Only Mickey Mantle.

Surely everyone has at least heard of Ty Cobb or Cy Young or Lou Gehrig? Stan Musial? Ted Williams, the Splendid Splinter? Say Hey Willie Mays? Lou Brock? Shoeless Joe Jackson? Roberto Clemente?

And don't get me started on Honus Wagner.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2019 5:05 a.m. PST

Surely everyone has at least heard of Ty Cobb or Cy Young or Lou Gehrig? Stan Musial? Ted Williams, the Splendid Splinter? Say Hey Willie Mays? Lou Brock? Shoeless Joe Jackson? Roberto Clemente?

And don't get me started on Honus Wagner.

Err…no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, and who? evil grin

As several pointed out in a minority interest sport (i.e. no-one outside of the USA cares about baseball) like this it's really only very local fame.

Cuts both ways I don't suppose Peter Osgood and "chopper" Harris get much recognition around here. Peter "the cat" Bonetti might do marginally better, maybe. All three played in the world's most popular sport, but it's not all that big in the USA.

Old Wolfman09 Jul 2019 6:57 a.m. PST

Jackie Robinson,the Dean brothers(Dizzy and Daffy),etc.

von Schwartz09 Jul 2019 4:07 p.m. PST

Japan, the Caribbean, Canada they are outside the US last I looked

RudyNelson12 Jul 2019 7:41 a.m. PST

Who did not collect baseball cards in the 1960s? Of course I can just name a team from then and I can name some. Later I had a card shop as part of my store in the 1980s, so I can name a few from then. Now a little harder but I still know some.

UshCha12 Jul 2019 8:20 a.m. PST

I think you mean Rounders (I'm from the UK) and no I'cant name anybody who played Rounders.

von Schwartz12 Jul 2019 2:58 p.m. PST

Is he taking cricket?

How about one of the more famous South African cricket player, Robert Crisp, I'm American and I do know about him.

UshCha12 Jul 2019 11:33 p.m. PST

von Schwartz, Sir it most certainly in not "Cricket".

Rounders a haloed and ancient game.

Rounders (Irish: cluiche corr) is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams. Rounders is a striking and fielding team game that involves hitting a small, hard, leather-cased ball with a rounded end wooden, plastic or metal bat. The players score by running around the four bases on the field.[1][2]

Played in England since Tudor times, it is referenced in 1744 in the children's book A Little Pretty Pocket-Book where it was called Base-Ball.[3] The game is popular among British and Irish school children, particularly among girls.[4][5][6] As of 2015 it is played by seven million children in the UK.[7]

Gameplay centres on a number of innings, in which teams alternate at batting and fielding. Points (known as 'rounders') are scored by the batting team when one of their players completes a circuit past four bases without being put 'out'. The batter must strike at a good ball and attempt to run a rounder in an anti-clockwise direction around the first, second, and third base and home to the fourth, though they may stay at any of the first three.[4] A batter is out if the ball is caught; if the base to which they are running to is touched with the ball; or if, while running, they are touched with the ball by a fielder.[4]

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