If you’ve been anywhere near a television over the past 3 months, you’ve probably heard the name Mike Trout. No, it’s not a dish at your local Red Lobster or the brother of Kurt Vonnegut’s most famous recurring character, rather Mike Trout is a professional baseball player for the Anaheim Angels. He has put up legendary numbers since being called up to the Major Leagues and has some fans thinking he might be this generation’s Bryce Harper. Here are a few things you might not know about Mike Trout….
Mike Trout hit .413 in the month of July making him the first person with an artificial lung to hit .400 for a full month since Claudell Washington did it in 1807.
Mike Trout is the uncle of legendary Hollywood actress Farrah Fawcett.
Mike Trout is the first baseball player in history to score three times on the same play.
Mike Trout has hit 16 homeruns in 2012, more than any other major leaguer since Henry Aaron hit 17 in 1956.
Mike Trout played his entire high school junior season covered in maple syrup.
If you say Mike Trout three times in front of a mirror, you turn into famed novelist Toni Morrison.
Mike Trout is the son of former major league pitcher Steve Trout.
Mike Trout posthumously won the 1976 Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of demented news anchor Howard Beale in Sidney Lumet’s classic film Network.
Mike Trout has more RBIs this month than all 44 U.S. Presidents COMBINED
It is a state law in New Jersey that if a catcher catches Mike Trout stealing second base he is to be fined a thousand dollars and can face up to six months in prison.
In the 8th grade, Mike Trout’s track coach timed him running the 100-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. At the time he ran it, he was in a coma.
Mike Trout’s first major league hit came against Confederate Civil War General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Mike Trout once plucked a dying sparrow out of midair on his way from first to home on a single.
Mike Trout was born with 14 fingers on his right hand.
If Mike Trout continues on his current pace, he will have played in more consecutive games than Cal Ripken by 2017.
Mike Trout is the son of former major league star Vada Pinson.
If Mike Trout left Houston traveling at 20 miles per hour he would in Seattle within two hours.
Mike Trout has been cited by William Faulkner as the major influence behind the novel Absalom! Absalom!
Mike Trout was born without a ribcage.
Mike Trout is the first major leaguer to have no vowels in his first or last name.
Mike Trout is the great-grandson of former U.S. Senator Charles de Gaulle.
#1 by John Erickson on July 30, 2012 - 3:31 PM
Dude! You’re back! (And your front, and your top, and your … uh, yeah.) Nice to see you again! (Hey, between my wi-fi router going wonky at random intervals, plus 3 weeks without an ISP due to our massive power outage a month ago and our technical folks being unable to walk and breathe at the same time, I haven’t heard from you in donkey’s years – however long THOSE are.)
To be honest, I have no idea who Mike Trout is. Then again, being raised with the constant background of the Cubs, I developed a VERY high resistance to baseball at a young age. But some very cool facts in there! 😀
#2 by Keith Spillett on August 1, 2012 - 1:55 PM
Heya!!!! Yeah, I’ve been utterly sick of writing the past few months. Some stuff here and there but not a ton of inspiration. You should watch an Angels game just to see Mike Trout. All kidding aside, he’s amazing to watch.
#3 by Dave on July 30, 2012 - 5:00 PM
But as a Cubs fan, you should know who STEVE Trout is!
#4 by John Erickson on July 30, 2012 - 5:55 PM
“Mike”? Where the heck did I get Mike from? Guess that shows how far out of tune with baseball I am! (I’m not really a Cubs fan, I just constantly heard of their exploits from the Chicago Tribune and from WGN TV, which also played Star Trek. Now THAT, I will happily claim to be a fan of! 😀 )
#5 by John Erickson on July 30, 2012 - 5:58 PM
Er… brain fart time. I meant to say I didn’t know who STEVE Trout is. Sorry, it’s been a bad headache day, with LOTSA Vicodin. Kiss the concentration goodbye, in other words.
#6 by Dave on July 30, 2012 - 5:09 PM
Dude, by the way, I think it was Elliott Maddox, not Claudell Washington, who hit .400 with an artificial lung.
#7 by Keith Spillett on August 1, 2012 - 1:55 PM
Elliot Maddox is a poor man’s Lester Maddox.
#8 by Dave on August 1, 2012 - 4:59 PM
I’m not sure about that, but he’s definitely a poor man’s Greg Maddox. Hey, two Georgia-specific Maddox references. Zing!
#9 by Keith Spillett on August 2, 2012 - 1:45 AM
Greg Maddox is a poor man’s Mike Maddox…..or maybe it’s the other way around.
Double word score on the Georgia to Georgia reference.
#10 by Jim Wheeler on July 30, 2012 - 5:29 PM
Thanks for bringing Trout to our attention, Keith. Few people know that Mike Trout is the only professional ballplayer whose height is precisely 6 feet, neither more nor less. Therefore I have sent a letter to our 7th Missouri District U.S. Congress Person, Billy Long, urging him to introduce legislation to have the U.S. Bureau of Weights and Measurements change the “fathom” to the “Trout”. This initiative is considered to have an excellent chance since Rep. Long has found virtually nothing else to do since he sponsored a bill to introduce a national auctioneer’s day. I think he’ll jump on this like a rooster on a june bug.
#11 by Keith Spillett on August 1, 2012 - 2:01 PM
This Billy Long guy looks like a barrel of laughs. I live in Georgia, so outrageous, embarrassing behavior from politicians doesn’t really phase me all that much. That being said, from the looks of things, ole Billy should be able to at least get on the ballot for this year’s Hubert Humphrey Award for Political Hackery.
Like a rooster on a june bug!!! I love it!
I just passed through Hannibal, Missouri by the way. It reminds me a lot of Rome. Rome, Georgia actually.
#12 by Universe Number Five on July 30, 2012 - 7:59 PM
Sam Fuld of 2012??
#13 by Keith Spillett on August 1, 2012 - 2:02 PM
Think more like the Mickey Mantle of 2014. He’s at a whole other level.
#14 by McKnight John on July 30, 2012 - 11:02 PM
Thanks for making me a Trout fan. But are you sure it would take him two hours to get to Seattle? Men without rib cages move a lot faster than those saddled with unnecessary bones. But I heard that info on Fox & Friends, so it might not be factual.
#15 by Keith Spillett on August 1, 2012 - 2:03 PM
Fox and Friends is an award winning television show that offers Americans important information in a witty and upbeat way. Every night before I go to bed, I say a prayer of thanks that it exists.
#16 by Joe on March 24, 2015 - 3:18 AM
Mike Trout is not the son of Steve Trout. They are in fact not related at all. Nice so called facts you have listed there!
#17 by Keith Spillett on March 24, 2015 - 8:20 AM
So, he doesn’t have an artificial lung?