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William Howard Taft was the first president to throw the ceremonial first pitch on baseball’s Opening Day in 1910.
   
During World War II, Cubs owner Phil Wrigley started a professional women’s baseball league called the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
   
Lou Gehrig was the first baseball player to have his uniform number retired.
   
In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the “color barrier” to become the first African-American to play Major League baseball in the 20th century.
   
In 1936, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson became the first players elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
 
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. holds the record for the most consecutive games played—an astonishing 2632!
   
Cy Young holds the record for most career wins for a pitcher—511.



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Alex Rodriguez image courtesy of the New York Yankees.





Babe Ruth photo: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library