It is not for nothing that baseball has existed since 1846 and now encompasses 30 teams playing 162 games each a year. In that span of time, speculative taxonomists and fly-by-night actuaries have marveled over a sample size of recordable human activity that's created pinnacles of unlikelihood like Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak and Joe Torre batting into four double plays in one game. Take into account the sport's extensive minor league programs, and baseball trudges fiercely beyond statistical extremes of "great men doing inconceivable deeds" or "ordinary men doing great deeds" into a realm known popularly as "inconceivably ordinary men doing greatly inconceivable deeds ordinarily."

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