OPENING DAY: Baseball season starts today, with the help of Delaware River mud...

Posted by scapozzola on 03/31/2011

Major League Baseball’s 2011 season starts today. 

Throughout the week, we've been looking at the All-American pastime, which still features some Made-in-USA sports gear, including the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat. 

We've already reported that most baseballs are now manufactured overseas.  But here's a rather interesting little trivia fact: Before each Major League game, each pro baseball is rubbed down with a small amount of mud in order to make it “grippable” by pitchers. 

This mud rubdown comes courtesy of Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud, pulled from the Delaware River.  Yup, good ol’ American mud is used in every game of America's national pasttime.

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