1944 – Japan, where baseball has been banned as an undesirable enemy influence, mourns the death of Eiji Sawamura. The Japanese pitcher, who is killed in action in the Pacific, became a national hero by striking out Babe Ruth in an exhibition game.
U.S. President Harry Truman throws out two balls at the Washington Senators opener – one left-handed and the other right-handed – then watches the Senators beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 8 – 7. When rain starts falling in the 6th inning, he puts on a raincoat and remains to the end.
April 18, 1950
1996 – Less than three weeks after major league owners voted 18-12 against ratification of baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement, owners vote again and this time approve it by a vote of 26-4. The landmark agreement brings interleague play to the regular season for the first time, as well as revenue sharing among owners and a payroll tax on players.
November 26, 1996
Vince Coleman steals two bases in the 1st inning of the Cardinals’ 9 – 8 loss to the Cubs to run his season total to 74, breaking the major league rookie record of 72 set the previous season by Juan Samuel. A squeeze bunt by Larry Bowa with the bases full in the 14th scores the winning run. Bowa had earlier tripled with the sacks full. The game takes five hours and three minutes to end.
August 1, 1985
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