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Play Ball!! Memorable Moments In Baseball History
- 1846 First official game of baseball was played
- 1868 First pack of baseball cards created
- 1876 First professional baseball league was formed
- 1920 Average baseball ticket cost $1.00
- 1921 Baseball was broadcast on the radio for the first time
- 1929 Baseball game was televised for the first time
- 1963 Average baseball ticket cost $2.25
- 1973 Designated hitter rule was established
- 1982 Average baseball ticket surpassed $5
- 1994 Average ticket broke $10
- 2008 Instant replay was approved for home run calls
- 2013 Most expensive hotdog at a baseball stadium costs $6.25
The Star Spangled Banner was first played during the seventh-inning stretch at Game One of the 1918 World Series. The song became the official national anthem in 1931.
More than 74.8 million fans attended professional games in 2012.