There’s a reason why they call it America’s Pastime. From Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance to Willie, Mickey and The Duke, from The Boys of Summer to Murderers' Row to The Big Red Machine, baseball has a way of linking generations, as fans both young and old compare the on-field feats of The Babe to those of Stan the Man, The Splendid Splinter and Joltin’ Joe, right up to the modern-day heroics of Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado and Mookie Betts. Fact is, the game has always had a special place in our hearts, and there’s no better way to take in the action — walk-off homers, diving catches, late-season pennant chases — than to see it up close and in person. The 2019 Major League Baseball schedule will be chockfull of intriguing matchups. Can the reigning champion Boston Red Sox repeat? Do the Dodgers have the stuff to reach a third consecutive World Series now that they've re-signed Clayton Kershaw? Where will Bryce Harper and Manny Machado land in free agency? Grab your MLB tickets at StubHub today and enjoy a game at a ballpark near you.
Older than the NFL, NBA and NHL, Major League Baseball was officially founded in 1869, with the establishment of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, though the sport’s roots can be traced as far back as 18th century England. Today, MLB encompasses 30 teams spread over six divisions in two leagues — the National League and American League. Overseen by the Commission of Baseball (a position currently occupied by Rob Manfred), the MLB season consists of a 162-game schedule, followed by the Wild Card Game, Division Series, League Championship Series and, ultimately, World Series. The All-Star Game, aka the Midsummer Classic, is played each year in July and features the top players from each league. The New York Yankees hold the mark for most World Series titles at 27 (making them the most successful organization in sports), followed by the St. Louis Cardinals (11), Oakland Athletics (9), Boston Red Sox (9) and San Francisco Giants (8). The game’s greatest players/managers/umpires/executives/contributors are elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., whose members include Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Stan Musial and more.
MLB Fan Experience: 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame'
A record crowd of 105,331 attended a preseason game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 2008, and the 1993 Colorado Rockies drew a season-total of 4,483,350 fans, another Major League Baseball mark. And fans continue to pour through the turnstiles at stadiums across the country. In fact, the league attracted a total of 72,678,797 attendees in 2017, more than any other domestic professional sports league, including the NFL, NBA and Premier League soccer. It’s been said that hitting a round ball with a round bat is the most difficult feat in sports, something that on average even the pros accomplish for a hit just three out of every 10 tries. Thankfully for fans, enjoying America’s Pastime has never been easier. All you have to do is go to StubHub.com. Awaiting you is an experience like no other, and not all the action is on the field. Who wouldn’t want to slide down a giant Coke bottle at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Or run the bases at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, something kids 14 and under are invited to do after all Sunday home games. There’s something for everyone. So head out to the stadium today.