On September 2, 2006, Cleveland rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff hits a grand slam in his first major league at-bat, on the first pitch. It’s the first time in major league history that a player belted a grand slam on the first pitch thrown to him in his first plate appearance.
1902 – In Fort Wayne, IN, a Sunday crowd of 3,500 watch a match-up of Cleveland’s Addie Joss and Boston’s Cy Young. Boston pushes over two runs in the 11th to win, 3 – 1.
August 31, 1902
In the Braves’ 15-2 rout of LA at County Stadium, the Aaron brothers both homer in the same game, with Tommies connecting in the bottom of the eighth after his older sibling Hank had hit one out in the second. The Milwaukee teammates will also accomplish the feat on July 12 and August 14.
June 12, 1962
Frank Robinson makes his debut as major league baseball’s first black manager. Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson, throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a crowd of 56,204. As the player-manager of the Cleveland Indians, Frank Robinson hits a home run in his first at-bat, helping Cleveland to a 5 – 3 victory over the New York Yankees. For Robinson, it is his eighth Opening Day home run, setting a major league record which will later be tied by Ken Griffey and Adam Dunn.
April 8, 1975