Brandon Toropov's book, The 50 Biggest Baseball Myths, takes an in depth look at what he thinks are biggest myths surrounding our national pastime. Is he missing any?

  1. Babe Ruth hit a "called shot" home run in the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs.
  2. Jackie Robinson was the first black major-league ballplayer.
  3. Ty Cobb stroked 4,191 lifetime base hits.
  4. Only players get beaned.
  5. Dizzy Dean won 30 games in 1934.
  6. Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball in the summer of 1838.
  7. The Cincinnati Red Stockings were the first professional baseball team.
  8. Ray Chapman's death led to the abolition of the spitball.
  9. The first big-league designated hitter in a regular season game came to bat in 1973.
  10. In 1947, The St. Louis Cardinals seriously considered going on strike rather than face Brooklyn's Jackie Robinson on the playing field.
  11. Philadelphia first baseman Al Reach was the first professional baseball player.
  12. Boston manager Ed Barrow's decision to move Babe Ruth into the outfield was a stroke of genius.
  13. The World Champion 1991 Minnesota Twins posted the greatest worst-to-first record of all time.
  14. Pitcher Rube Waddell dismissed his outfielders during an official Major League game and went on to retire the side.
  15. Joe Nuxhall was the youngest player ever to compete in the big leagues.
  16. Female baseball players have never competed against men on the professional level.
  17. The Boston Braves were named in honor of the disguised raiders of the Boston Tea Party.
  18. Babe Ruth was a draft dodger.
  19. Outfielder Paul Hines pulled an un-assisted triple play.
  20. Ty Cobb was no home run hitter.
  21. Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs (as we'd reckon them).
  22. Chicago outfielder Bill Lange crashed through a fence to make a spectacular grab of a flyball.
  23. The New York Yankees established the greatest dominance over the competition in the history of organized ball.
  24. Pitchers don't win batting titles.
  25. Babe Ruth benefited from a home-field advantage at the "House The Ruth Built" during his historic 1927 season.
  26. The system of hand signals to signify balls and strikes was the idea of umpire Cy Rigler, who wanted to help out deaf outfielder William Hoy.
  27. Aaron Stern initiated the first ladies' day in 1886.
  28. Night baseball first appeared in the mid-to-late thirties.
  29. Duane Kuiper (Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants, 1975-1985) was the worst non-pitching home run hitter of all time.
  30. The first newspaper story about baseball appeared in 1853.
  31. Hall of Famer Roger Bresnahan invented shin guards in 1907.
  32. Alexander Cartwright was the first umpire in organized baseball.
  33. Bucky Dent's home run in the 1978 AL East playoff was the game's death blow to the Boston Red Sox.
  34. Howard Ehmke pitched a no-hitter on September 7, 1923.
  35. Bo Jackson was the first player to boast simultaneous careers in both Major League baseball and the National Football League.
  36. Nobody hit significant numbers of home runs during the pre-Ruth era.
  37. George Brett won the 1976 American League batting title without divine intervention.
  38. The 1919 Chicago White Sox won their "Black Sox" nickname from the gambling scandal that enveloped them.
  39. Bill Buckner's error blew the Red Sox lead in the sixth game of the 1986 World Series.
  40. Pete Gray was the first handicapped major-leaguer.
  41. Ty Cobb won the 1910 American League batting title.
  42. The professional ban on hiring black players was an informal "gentleman's agreement" that was never committed to writing.
  43. Brooklyn Dodger Babe Herman tripled into a triple play.
  44. The first World Series was played in 1903.
  45. Lou Boudreau introduced the defensive "shift."
  46. The "Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance" infield was the premier double play combo of its era.
  47. The designated hitter rule was the brainchild of Oakland Athletics owner Charles O. Finley.
  48. Candy Cummings invented the curveball.
  49. Dave Winfield threw a baseball that killed a sea gull in midflight.
  50. The 1962 New York Mets were the worst team in the history of Major League Baseball.