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Understanding the Basics of Baseball will help you better appreciate the game. In this section you can find out how to throw a curve ball and how ballparks get that cool cross-hatching look after being mowed.

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What is the fourth out?

 What is the fourth out?

Baseball's fourth out is just one of the kookier rules in the not so simple U.S. pastime. Learn what a fourth out is at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Did Jackie Robinson really break baseball's color barrier?

 Did Jackie Robinson really break baseball's color barrier?

Did Jackie Robinson really break baseball's color barrier? Learn whether Jackie Robinson really broke baseball's color barrier at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How many ways can a batter reach first base?

 How many ways can a batter reach first base?

Do you know many ways can a batter reach first base? Learn how many ways can a batter reach first base from HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Umpires Work

 How Umpires Work

Baseball is a game of inches, and umpires hold the tape measure. Sometimes they succeed, other times not. Learn more about baseball umpires. See more »

What’s the infield fly rule?

 What’s the infield fly rule?

What’s the infield fly rule? Learn about the infield fly rule at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Bunting Works

 How Bunting Works

Bunting -- dropping the ball short and slow where it will give the infield fits and maybe score a run -- can win games. Learn more about bunting. See more »

How to Break In a Baseball Glove

 How to Break In a Baseball Glove

Do you know how to break in a baseball glove? Learn how to break in a baseball glove at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What causes the yips?

 What causes the yips?

A yip is an athlete's inability to complete the most fundamental task. Learn more about the yips and what causes them at HowStuffWorks.com. See more »

How Spring Training Works

 How Spring Training Works

Do you know how spring training works? Learn how spring training works at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Baseball Bats Work

 How Baseball Bats Work

Ever wondered how baseball bats work? Learn how baseball bats work at HowStuffWorks. See more »