According to the paper 'Life Expectancy of Major League Baseball Umpires', published in the journal The Physician and Sports Medicine in May 2000, baseball umpires have exactly the same life expectancy as anyone else.
The earliest recorded use of the word 'baseball' in an English novel is in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey written in 1798-1799 though the word had appeared in print some 50 years earlier.
A 1791 bylaw in Pittsfield, Massachusetts banned the playing of baseball within 80 yards of the town meeting house.
In 1996 in Los Angeles, a couple found guilty of lewd conduct after engaging in a sexual act during a baseball game at Dodger Stadium were ordered to each buy 50 tickets for games that season and donate them to charity.
In 2013, an appellate court in Kansas City ruled that "The risk of being hit in the face by a hot dog is not a well-known incidental risk of attending a baseball game, Consequently, a plaintiff may not be said to have consented to, and voluntarily assumed, the risk by attending the game." The ruling overturned the verdict of a lower court in a case brought man a man who had suffered a detached retina and facial injuries when hit by a foil-wrapped hot dog thrown by the local team's mascot. The court in 2011 had ruled that anyone purchasing a ticket for a baseball game assumes the risk of a hot-dog related injury.