Monday, February 18, 2008

Question of the Week

Desmond, Toronto, ON
Subj: Take me out to the ballgame
Hey Ryan, what’s the origin of the seventh inning stretch?

Although it's now a revered part of the game, baseball's seventh inning stretch began mostly by accident. According to lore, the stretch was first introduced on April 14th, 1910 when portly President William Howard Taft got up to stretch his aching body during the seventh inning of a game between Washington and Philadelphia. As the story goes, Taft's entourage rose as well, signaling the rest of the fans to do the same. What began as restlessness is now tradition thanks to America’s chubbiest chief of state.