With the commencement of this week's All-Star Game festivities, the 2015 Major League Baseball season is officially halfway over. As a people, we've been playing this game for a while. Depending on how you define your terms -- more on that later -- baseball in America goes back 200 years or more.
Over that period, plenty of myths and legends have emerged from the sepia-toned mists of baseball history. More than any other American sport, baseball lends itself to mythmaking, with its rich history and larger-than-life heroes.
But in terms of the actual historical record, just how accurate are those myths and legends? Here at Discovery News World HQ, we like to celebrate baseball the traditional way -- with peanuts, Cracker Jacks and skeptical inquiry. We take a look at five famous baseball myths, and the real history behind them.