1. Some players would forget to let go of the ball.
2. Some players had to deal with trainers who only knew how to do one thing.
Dan Casey, Charlie Bastian and trainer
3. Some players had magical powers.
4. Some players’ magical power was “generosity,”
5. …for others, it was “working it.”
6. Some players played indoors.
Charlie Ferguson and Tommy McCarthy, Philadelphia Quakers
7. Some players were great at posing for “action shots.”
Deacon McGuire, Philadelphia Quakers
8. Some players modeled their techniques on literature like “Oliver Twist,”
9. …or “Peter Pan.”
Jim Fogarty, Philadelphia Quakers
10. Some players took the phrase “keep your eye on the ball” way too seriously.
11. Some players had glorious mustaches.
Jack Burdock, 2nd base
12. Some players liked to chill in “cool-guy” poses.
George Hall, Boston Red Stockings, 1874, right field (1874)
Robert Ferguson, Only player who became president of the league, 1878. (1878?)
13. Some players even achieved the elusive “double cool-guy” pose.
Ed Andrews, Philadelphia Quakers  and Sam Barkley Toledo Blue Stockings
14. Some players were clearly scared of the ball.
15. Some players looked like serial killers.
C. E. Hoover, C., Old Judge Cigarettes
16. Some players helped Rick with the Nazis in Casablanca.
Mike Lehane, Columbus
17. Some players were actually just Casey Affleck as a time traveler.
Joe Battin, 1874 2nd base (1874)
18. Some players got to play for this guy, who later built Jurassic Park.
19. Some players had heads that were way too small for their bodies.
20. Some players appreciated cool dogs.
Napoleon Lajoie, Cleveland, 1907 (1907)
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