#SomethingNewEveryDay – Getting to First Base

Yeah, I know what you were thinking.  But, I mean first base literally.

flickr user: calebunseth under Creative Commons license, without modification.  https://flic.kr/p/6E3nCY

flickr user: calebunseth under Creative Commons license, without modification.

A few weeks ago, I saw a post on Facebook asking how many ways a batter can safely reach first base in baseball.  I just today got around to finding out the answer, and I was pretty surprised.

I counted:

A hit, a walk (bases on balls), hit-by-pitch, an intentional walk, catcher drops strike three and fan interference.  But, that was all I could come up with on my own.

Turns out?  The answer is:  23.  Pffft.  Talk about easy …

What are they, you ask?  Read this post from How Stuff Works to find out.

My favorite:  “A game is suspended with a runner on first (maybe for rain) and that player is traded to another team before the makeup; another player can take his place.”

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