1. Baseball, as the kids like to say, is as American as apple pie. There’s one small difference, though.
3. Two British researchers spent 18 months locating each one and creating the first-ever database. The result? More than 200 statues across 35 states.
4. It’s apparently a somewhat new practice, as only 10 percent of the statues are from before 1990.
5. The most popular state for statuary statements? That’d be Missouri, thanks to the Cardinals, Royals, and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.
6. Some states only have a single statue. This one of Mel Ott is the only one you’ll find in Louisiana.
“Lonely Louisiana Mel,” was his nickname. (Not really.)