One Step Over the Line

Do you have any superstitious habits? Do you make a mental note to not step on a crack or walk under a ladder?

Bill Madlock, a lifetime .300 hitter with the Cubs, Pirates, and several other major-league baseball teams once said that he didn't have any superstitions. However, after he thought about it, he admitted that if he didn't tap home plate with his bat three times before the pitch, he couldn't hit. Author George Sullivan, in the book Don't Step on the Foul Line, recounts this bit of trivia along with other odd superstitions that famous sports stars and teams attribute to their success. Pick it up today and find out more about players' quirky reasons for choosing uniform numbers and their superstitious practices before, during, and after games.