On April 11, 1959, Don Drysdale of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits his second Opening Day home run, becoming the only pitcher to hit more than one career homer in opening games. Drysdale’s historic blast doesn’t prevent the Dodgers from losing their game, 6-1, to the Chicago Cubs…Read More
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On April 9, 1959, the Baltimore Orioles become the first team in major league history to turn a triple play on Opening Day. The O’s turn the triple killing in front of Vice-President Richard Nixon, who throws out the ceremonial first pitch as a substitute for President Dwight Eisenhower.Read More
The Los Angeles Dodgers play their first game at the Los Angeles Coliseum in front of a crowd of 78,672. Carl Erskine gets the win, besting Al Worthington and the San Francisco Giants, 6 – 5.
The Los Angeles Dodgers play their first game at the Los Angeles Coliseum in front of a crowd of 78,672. Carl Erskine gets the win, besting Al Worthington and the San Francisco Giants, 6 – 5.Read More
April 13, 1953 at Crosby Field – Ty Cobb, Al Simmons, Dizzy Dean, Cy Young. Connie Mack, Big...Read More
Nine days after firing the very popular General Douglas MacArthur from his post as Commander of the Far East, U.S. President Harry S. Truman throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Senators’ home opener against New York at Griffith Stadium. The Air Force Band tries to drown out the boos from the crowd directed at the Commander in Chief by loudly playing “Ruffles and Flourishes” and “Hail to the Chief” during the pregame ceremonies.Read More
In front of 53,000 fans on Opening Day, Johnny Groth hits home runs in two of his first three at bats at Tiger Stadium. The 22 year-old rookie’s performance enables Hal Newhowser and Detroit to beat Chicago, 5-1.Read More
George Vico homers on the first pitch he ever sees in the major leagues, becoming only the fifth player to accomplish the feat.
On Opening Day, George Vico homers on the first pitch he ever sees in the major leagues, becoming only the fifth player to accomplish the feat. The home run, given up by White Sox hurler Joe Haynes, is the first of only a dozen the Tigers rookie first baseman collects in his brief two-year career.Read More
In the first big league game he ever attends, Richie Ashburn makes his major league debut, going 1-for-5 in the Phillies’ Opening Day victory over Boston at Shibe Park. The 21 year-old rookie left fielder replaces holdout Harry Walker, last year’s National League batting champ, batting leadoff in the Phillies’ lineup.Read More
The Pirates, wearing their black and gold color scheme for the first time, lose baseball’s traditional opener in Cincinnati
The Pirates, wearing their black and gold color scheme for the first time, lose baseball’s traditional opener in Cincinnati, 4-1, in a game that features scuffles between opposing players, an ump, and a photographer, a fan who jumps on the field, and the police. The Bucs, the first team to permanently change their original colors, abandoned the familiar patriotic look of red, white, and blue, choosing instead to use hues that match the Flag of Pittsburgh.Read More
Stan Spence, Vern Stephens and Bobby Doerr hit consecutive home runs as the Boston Red Sox set a team record on Opening Day
1948 – Stan Spence, Vern Stephens and Bobby Doerr hit consecutive home runs as the Boston Red Sox set a team record on Opening Day, but the long ball isn’t enough as the Philadelphia Athletics beat Boston in 11 innings, 5 – 4.Read More
1946 – In their Opening Game at Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs are shut out by Harry Brecheen of the St. Louis Cardinals, 2 – 0. The game is the first in Cubs history to be televised, as Wilson does the play-by-play for WBKB.Read More
Washington’s Joe Kuhel hits the season’s first and only home run by a Senators’ player at Griffith Stadium
FollowFollowFollowFollowFollowFollowFollowFollow On September 7, 1945, Washington’s Joe Kuhel hits...Read More
Mel Ott of the New York Giants hits the first National League home run of the season, the 464th of his career.
1944 – Mel Ott of the New York Giants hits the first National League home run of the season, the 464th of his career, helping the Giants defeat the Boston Braves, 2 – 1.Read More
The season starts, two weeks later than customary. Stalwarts such as Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Enos Slaughter and Johnny Mize are gone to military service, among some 60 players who could have been classified as regulars in the 1942 season.Read More
Dick Bartell of the Phillies with Glenn Wright of the Dodgers. Opening day at the Baker Bowl – 1933.
April 13, 1933 – Dick Bartell of the Phillies with Glenn Wright of the Dodgers. Opening day...Read More
1932 – The New York Yankees draw the largest paid attendance, 55,452, for any Yankee Stadium opener. Babe Ruth homers as Lefty Gomez beats Lefty Grove in the 8 – 3 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics.Read More
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander opens his 18th season by shutting out the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5 – 0.
1928 – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander opens his 18th season by shutting out the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5 – 0.Read More
On April 11, 1928 John McGraw of the Giants and Jack Slattery from the Boston Braves on opening...Read More
On April 15, 1924, At the Baker Bowl President Braves Christy Mathewson watches his beloved Boston...Read More
At age 31, pitcher Dazzy Vance makes his Brooklyn Robins debut and loses to Phil Douglas and the New York Giants, 4 – 3.
At age 31, pitcher Dazzy Vance makes his Brooklyn Robins debut and loses to Phil Douglas and the New York Giants, 4 – 3. In 1915, when Vance made one start for the Pirates, it was Douglas who beat him. Since then Vance has been in the minor leagues. Despite his late start, Vance will win 197 games in a 16-season career and a place in the Hall of Fame in 1955.Read More
In the season opener for the New York Yankees, Babe Ruth goes 5 for 5, as New York and Carl Mays beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 11 – 1.
In the season opener for the New York Yankees, Babe Ruth goes 5 for 5, as New York and Carl Mays beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 11 – 1.Read More
On April 11, 1917, Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox pitches a three-hitter in shutting down the New York Yankees on Opening Day. Ruth’s performance marks the start of good things to come. He will win 24 games in 1917, while leading the American League with 35 complete games…Read More
In a game which features President Woodrow Wilson throwing out the first pitch, Washington’s Walter Johnson starts a 56 inning scoreless streak
In a game which features President Woodrow Wilson throwing out the first pitch, Washington’s Walter Johnson gives up an unearned run in the first inning of the home opener, but the ‘Big Train’ will not yield another tally for 56 innings. The Senators beat the team now known as the Yankees, 2-1, switching from the Highlanders, the nickname the team had used since the franchise moved from Baltimore to New York for the 1903 season.Read More
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