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 1962 Major League Baseball officially starts in Houston as the Colt .45s make a big hit in their 11-2 Opening Day win against the Chicago Cubs. Bobby Shantz gets the victory, striking out Lou Brock as the first batter. Roman Mejias belts two home runs and drives in six for the Colts. Hal Smith also homers. In all, quite a 50th birthday gift for team owner Judge Roy Hofheinz.

 1962 Major League Baseball officially starts in Houston as the Colt .45s make a big hit in their 11-2 Opening Day win against the Chicago Cubs. Bobby Shantz gets the victory, striking out Lou Brock as the first batter. Roman Mejias belts two home runs and drives in six for the Colts. Hal Smith also homers. In all, quite a 50th birthday gift for team owner Judge Roy Hofheinz.

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2003 – Craig Biggio sets a league record with his 31st leadoff homer, sparking the Astros to a 4-2 triumph over Cincinnati. He eclipses the mark of Bobby Bonds. Jeriome Robertson picks up his first major league win, allowing just two hits and fanning eight over seven innings. 

2003 – Craig Biggio sets a league record with his 31st leadoff homer, sparking the Astros to a 4-2 triumph over Cincinnati. He eclipses the mark of Bobby Bonds. Jeriome Robertson picks up his first major league win, allowing just two hits and fanning eight over seven innings. 

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1979 – J.R. Richard ties a major-league record by throwing six wild pitches in a game against Los Angeles, but he also strikes out 13 in a 2-1 victory. Cesar Cedeno, Jose Cruz and Enos Cabell tag consecutive doubles off Burt Hooton in the fourth for the Houston runs. 

1979 – J.R. Richard ties a major-league record by throwing six wild pitches in a game against Los Angeles, but he also strikes out 13 in a 2-1 victory. Cesar Cedeno, Jose Cruz and Enos Cabell tag consecutive doubles off Burt Hooton in the fourth for the Houston runs. 

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1971 – Chicago great Ferguson Jenkins is sailing along with a four-hit shutout and a 1-0 lead through eight innings when the Astros win without hitting a ball past the infield. Cesar Cedeno’s scratch hit starts it off. Two walks later, Cedeno bluffs a break for the plate which causes Jenkins to balk home the tying run. Jenkins then misplays Roger Metzger’s botched squeeze bunt for an error as Cesar Geronimo scores the game-winner. 

1971 – Chicago great Ferguson Jenkins is sailing along with a four-hit shutout and a 1-0 lead through eight innings when the Astros win without hitting a ball past the infield. Cesar Cedeno’s scratch hit starts it off. Two walks later, Cedeno bluffs a break for the plate which causes Jenkins to balk home the tying run. Jenkins then misplays Roger Metzger’s botched squeeze bunt for an error as Cesar Geronimo scores the game-winner. 

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1968 – Houston wins the season opener over Pittsburgh, 5-4. The season was delayed due to the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Astros score three in the bottom of the ninth as a rare error by Bill Mazeroski on a foul pop proves critical. 

1968 – Houston wins the season opener over Pittsburgh, 5-4. The season was delayed due to the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Astros score three in the bottom of the ninth as a rare error by Bill Mazeroski on a foul pop proves critical. 

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2019 – The surprising Mariners continue to be the hottest team in the majors, improving to 12-2 with a 6 – 5 win over the Royals. Mitch Haniger hits a tie-breaking homer with two outs in the 9th, and Seattle has now homered in its first 14 games matching the 2002 Indians as the only two teams ever to do so. For Kansas City, which suffers its 9th straight loss, Whit Merrifield sets a new team record by extending his hitting streak to 31 games, dating back to last season, with a bunt single in the 7th. The record had previously been held by Royals legend George Brett.

2019 – The surprising Mariners continue to be the hottest team in the majors, improving to 12-2 with a 6 – 5 win over the Royals. Mitch Haniger hits a tie-breaking homer with two outs in the 9th, and Seattle has now homered in its first 14 games matching the 2002 Indians as the only two teams ever to do so. For Kansas City, which suffers its 9th straight loss, Whit Merrifield sets a new team record by extending his hitting streak to 31 games, dating back to last season, with a bunt single in the 7th. The record had previously been held by Royals legend George Brett.

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2018 – The Red Sox win their first confrontation of the season with their arch rivals the Yankees by knockout. The 14 – 1 victory is Boston’s 9th straight win after a loss on Opening Day, and is highlighted by a nine-run 6th inning, the most runs allowed by New York in an inning in two decades. Mookie Betts goes 4 for 4, scores 5 runs and hits a grand slam in the big inning to lead the Sox.

2018 – The Red Sox win their first confrontation of the season with their arch rivals the Yankees by knockout. The 14 – 1 victory is Boston’s 9th straight win after a loss on Opening Day, and is highlighted by a nine-run 6th inning, the most runs allowed by New York in an inning in two decades. Mookie Betts goes 4 for 4, scores 5 runs and hits a grand slam in the big inning to lead the Sox.

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Wil Myers becomes the first player to hit for the cycle this year, doing so in the Padres’ 5 – 3 win over the Rockies. He is only the second player in team history to pull off the feat following Matt Kemp in 2015.

Wil Myers becomes the first player to hit for the cycle this year, doing so in the Padres’ 5 – 3 win over the Rockies. He is only the second player in team history to pull off the feat following Matt Kemp in 2015.

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After a wait of 108 years, a two-hour rain delay pushes back the ceremony to raise the Cubs’ 2016 World Championship banner at Wrigley Field a little bit more, but a boisterous sellout crowd is on hand to see 1B Anthony Rizzo being the first player to raise the flag and to take the World Series Trophy on the field. Rizzo is then the hero of the home opener, as his 9th-inning single off Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers drives in the winning run in a 3 – 2 win.

After a wait of 108 years, a two-hour rain delay pushes back the ceremony to raise the Cubs’ 2016 World Championship banner at Wrigley Field a little bit more, but a boisterous sellout crowd is on hand to see 1B Anthony Rizzo being the first player to raise the flag and to take the World Series Trophy on the field. Rizzo is then the hero of the home opener, as his 9th-inning single off Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers drives in the winning run in a 3 – 2 win.

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The Yankees and Red Sox lock horns in a 19-inning marathon, the game ending with the Red Sox coming out on top, 6 – 5, at 2:13 AM. The game is further lengthened by a 16-minute delay caused by a power outage in the 12th inning at New Yankee Stadium. Chase Headley forces extra innings with a homer off Edward Mujica with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, then David Ortiz and Mark Teixeira exchange solo homers in the 16th, and both teams score once in the 18th as well, further extending the game. Xander Bogaerts scores the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts, and this time Steven Wright, in his fifth inning of relief work, keeps the Yankees from replying.

The Yankees and Red Sox lock horns in a 19-inning marathon, the game ending with the Red Sox coming out on top, 6 – 5, at 2:13 AM. The game is further lengthened by a 16-minute delay caused by a power outage in the 12th inning at New Yankee Stadium. Chase Headley forces extra innings with a homer off Edward Mujica with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, then David Ortiz and Mark Teixeira exchange solo homers in the 16th, and both teams score once in the 18th as well, further extending the game. Xander Bogaerts scores the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts, and this time Steven Wright, in his fifth inning of relief work, keeps the Yankees from replying.

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Mound opponents Cubs Travis Wood and Tyler Matzek of the Rockies each hit eighth in their team’s lineup, marking just the 12th time in major league history that both pitchers have not batted ninth in the same game. The last time this occurred was in 2008 when the Cardinals, led by Tony La Russa, who frequently employed his hurler in that slot, played the Pirates.

Mound opponents Cubs Travis Wood and Tyler Matzek of the Rockies each hit eighth in their team’s lineup, marking just the 12th time in major league history that both pitchers have not batted ninth in the same game. The last time this occurred was in 2008 when the Cardinals, led by Tony La Russa, who frequently employed his hurler in that slot, played the Pirates.

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Mark Buehrle becomes the 113th pitcher in major league history to win 200 games when he hurls six solid innings in Toronto’s 12-5 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards. The 36 year-old southpaw, who has also played for the White Sox and Marlins, is the second pitcher to reach the milestone while wearing a Blue Jays uniform, joining Roger Clemens, who accomplished the feat in 1997.

Mark Buehrle becomes the 113th pitcher in major league history to win 200 games when he hurls six solid innings in Toronto’s 12-5 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards. The 36 year-old southpaw, who has also played for the White Sox and Marlins, is the second pitcher to reach the milestone while wearing a Blue Jays uniform, joining Roger Clemens, who accomplished the feat in 1997.

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At Great American Ball Park, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman throws a 101 mph fastball by Matt Holliday to get the last out in the team’s 5-4 victory over St. Louis, making the fireballer the leader in saves by a Cuban-born player with 115. The 27 year-old Holguin native surpasses Pinar del Rio’s Danys Baez, who, beginning in 2001, closed for six teams during his ten-year tenure in the major leagues.

At Great American Ball Park, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman throws a 101 mph fastball by Matt Holliday to get the last out in the team’s 5-4 victory over St. Louis, making the fireballer the leader in saves by a Cuban-born player with 115. The 27 year-old Holguin native surpasses Pinar del Rio’s Danys Baez, who, beginning in 2001, closed for six teams during his ten-year tenure in the major leagues.

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2014 – As usual, sparks fly in the first meeting of the season between the Yankees and Red Sox. New York defeats Boston, 4 – 1, behind the pitching of Michael Pineda, but Boston’s broadcasters claim they have detected pine tar on Pineda’s pitching hand. The Yankees’ hurler dismisses the claim, saying it is just sweat mixed with dirt, while umpire Brian O’Nora states that nothing of concern was brought to his attention.

2014 – As usual, sparks fly in the first meeting of the season between the Yankees and Red Sox. New York defeats Boston, 4 – 1, behind the pitching of Michael Pineda, but Boston’s broadcasters claim they have detected pine tar on Pineda’s pitching hand. The Yankees’ hurler dismisses the claim, saying it is just sweat mixed with dirt, while umpire Brian O’Nora states that nothing of concern was brought to his attention.

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Twenty-four year-old sophomore hurler Danny Salazar strikes out ten White Sox batters in 3.2 innings during the Indians’ loss at U.S. Cellular Field, marking the first time since 1914 that a starting pitcher whiffed ten batters without finishing the fourth frame. The right-hander gives up five earned runs and six hits and gets all his outs via the strikeout, except for Adam Eaton, who is thrown out at second base, trying to stretch a single into a double for the first out in the third inning.

Twenty-four year-old sophomore hurler Danny Salazar strikes out ten White Sox batters in 3.2 innings during the Indians’ loss at U.S. Cellular Field, marking the first time since 1914 that a starting pitcher whiffed ten batters without finishing the fourth frame. The right-hander gives up five earned runs and six hits and gets all his outs via the strikeout, except for Adam Eaton, who is thrown out at second base, trying to stretch a single into a double for the first out in the third inning.

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Cubs minor league prospect Jorge Soler is ejected from a game in the Florida State League for charging the opposite dugout with a bat in the 7th inning. Soler had been spiked while sliding at second base the previous inning. He will receive a five-game suspension for his outburst.

Cubs minor league prospect Jorge Soler is ejected from a game in the Florida State League for charging the opposite dugout with a bat in the 7th inning. Soler had been spiked while sliding at second base the previous inning. He will receive a five-game suspension for his outburst.

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The Boston Red Sox’s record streak of sell-outs at Fenway Park ends after 820 games as the attendance for today’s game against the Orioles is 30,862, well below the stadium’s capacity of 37,493. The streak had begun on May 15, 2003 and included 794 regular-season games and 26 postseason contests. It easily surpassed the previous record of 455, set by the Cleveland Indians between 1995 and 2001. The streak went on even though Fenway’s seating capacity was increased by 5000 over the period.

The Boston Red Sox’s record streak of sell-outs at Fenway Park ends after 820 games as the attendance for today’s game against the Orioles is 30,862, well below the stadium’s capacity of 37,493. The streak had begun on May 15, 2003 and included 794 regular-season games and 26 postseason contests. It easily surpassed the previous record of 455, set by the Cleveland Indians between 1995 and 2001. The streak went on even though Fenway’s seating capacity was increased by 5000 over the period.

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Vin Scully misses the Dodgers’ home opener for the first time in 35 years when doctors order the 84 year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster to rest as he recovers from a bad cold. The last time the team’s play-by-play announcer was absent from the season’s first home game he was calling the first round of the Masters in 1977.

Vin Scully misses the Dodgers’ home opener for the first time in 35 years when doctors order the 84 year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster to rest as he recovers from a bad cold. The last time the team’s play-by-play announcer was absent from the season’s first home game he was calling the first round of the Masters in 1977.

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The Miami Marlins announce that they are suspending manager Ozzie Guillen for five games for making remarks supportive of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in a recent Time magazine interview. The Marlins decide to act even though Guillen has apologized in order to stem the groundswell of protest from Miami’s large Cuban community.

The Miami Marlins announce that they are suspending manager Ozzie Guillen for five games for making remarks supportive of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in a recent Time magazine interview. The Marlins decide to act even though Guillen has apologized in order to stem the groundswell of protest from Miami’s large Cuban community.

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The Braves win their first game this season, 6 – 4, over the Houston Astros, as Chipper Jones homers in his first game of the year. The win snaps a nine-game losing streak dating back to the Braves’ collapse at the end of the 2011 season, which cost them a playoff spot. Rookie SS Tyler Pastornicky hits his first major league homer for Atlanta as Houston wears the uniforms of the Houston Colt .45s in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first game in team history.

The Braves win their first game this season, 6 – 4, over the Houston Astros, as Chipper Jones homers in his first game of the year. The win snaps a nine-game losing streak dating back to the Braves’ collapse at the end of the 2011 season, which cost them a playoff spot. Rookie SS Tyler Pastornicky hits his first major league homer for Atlanta as Houston wears the uniforms of the Houston Colt .45s in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first game in team history.

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Last season’s American League strikeout leader, Jered Weaver, is at it again, punching out 15 Blue Jays batters in 7 2/3 innings in a 3 – 1 win. He is the first Angels pitcher to strike out 15 since Chuck Finley in 1995.

Last season’s American League strikeout leader, Jered Weaver, is at it again, punching out 15 Blue Jays batters in 7 2/3 innings in a 3 – 1 win. He is the first Angels pitcher to strike out 15 since Chuck Finley in 1995.

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In the nationally-televised Sunday-night game, the Red Sox shut out the Yankees, 4 – 0, thanks to a dominating performance by Josh Beckett, who gives up only 2 hits in 8 innings while striking out 10. The Red Sox strand 16 baserunners but manage to squeak a run off CC Sabathia on Mike Cameron’s infield single in the 3rd, before tacking on a few insurance runs late in the game. Beckett and Jonathan Papelbon combine to retire the final 17 New York batters in order.

In the nationally-televised Sunday-night game, the Red Sox shut out the Yankees, 4 – 0, thanks to a dominating performance by Josh Beckett, who gives up only 2 hits in 8 innings while striking out 10. The Red Sox strand 16 baserunners but manage to squeak a run off CC Sabathia on Mike Cameron’s infield single in the 3rd, before tacking on a few insurance runs late in the game. Beckett and Jonathan Papelbon combine to retire the final 17 New York batters in order.

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It is Opening Day in the Hoofdklasse. Two of the four games are decided by walk-off hits. Danny Rombley’s 10th-inning single gives DOOR Neptunus a win over Sparta/Feyenoord while Nick Urbanus singles in the winner in the bottom of the 9th for the Amsterdam Pirates against ADO.

It is Opening Day in the Hoofdklasse. Two of the four games are decided by walk-off hits. Danny Rombley’s 10th-inning single gives DOOR Neptunus a win over Sparta/Feyenoord while Nick Urbanus singles in the winner in the bottom of the 9th for the Amsterdam Pirates against ADO.

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The Yankees’ CC Sabathia flirts with a no-hit bid, before giving up a two-out single to the Rays’ Kelly Shoppach in the 8th inning. Having reached his pitch count limit, he then exits the game, but is credited with the Yanks’ 10 – 0 win.

The Yankees’ CC Sabathia flirts with a no-hit bid, before giving up a two-out single to the Rays’ Kelly Shoppach in the 8th inning. Having reached his pitch count limit, he then exits the game, but is credited with the Yanks’ 10 – 0 win.

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Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth drive in three runs each as the Phillies hand the Astros their fifth straight loss since the start of the season, 9 – 6. Jamie Moyer picks up his first win of the year for Philadelphia.

Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth drive in three runs each as the Phillies hand the Astros their fifth straight loss since the start of the season, 9 – 6. Jamie Moyer picks up his first win of the year for Philadelphia.

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After four days of weather-induced postponements, including blinding snow and sub-freezing temperatures, the Cleveland Indians play their home opener on the road, beating the Angels at Miller Park in Milwaukee, 7-6. The last time a series changed venues, the games were played in U.S. Cellular Field when the Marlins hosted the Expos in Chicago due to Hurricane Ivan hitting Miami in September of 2004.

After four days of weather-induced postponements, including blinding snow and sub-freezing temperatures, the Cleveland Indians play their home opener on the road, beating the Angels at Miller Park in Milwaukee, 7-6. The last time a series changed venues, the games were played in U.S. Cellular Field when the Marlins hosted the Expos in Chicago due to Hurricane Ivan hitting Miami in September of 2004.

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Jim Thome and Joe Crede hit two-run home runs and Paul Konerko adds a solo shot, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 5 – 3 victory in the Detroit Tigers’ home opener. Freddy Garcia strikes out five and limits the Tigers to five hits in six innings en route to his 100th career victory.

Jim Thome and Joe Crede hit two-run home runs and Paul Konerko adds a solo shot, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 5 – 3 victory in the Detroit Tigers’ home opener. Freddy Garcia strikes out five and limits the Tigers to five hits in six innings en route to his 100th career victory.

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During the Devil Rays’ home opener, a snippet of More Cowbell, a skit from Saturday Night Live, originally aired in the spring of 2000, is shown at Tropicana Field. The use of the video clip, suggested by the team’s new principal owner Stuart Sternberg, will inspire the Tampa Bay fans to start the tradition of clanging bells at the ballpark during games.

During the Devil Rays’ home opener, a snippet of More Cowbell, a skit from Saturday Night Live, originally aired in the spring of 2000, is shown at Tropicana Field. The use of the video clip, suggested by the team’s new principal owner Stuart Sternberg, will inspire the Tampa Bay fans to start the tradition of clanging bells at the ballpark during games.

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David Ortiz agrees to a four-year contract extension with the Boston Red Sox, a deal that will guarantee the slugger about $52 million. In 2005, Ortiz batted .300 with 148 RBI in 159 games, as his 47 home runs were second in Red Sox history to Jimmie Foxx’s 50 in 1938.

David Ortiz agrees to a four-year contract extension with the Boston Red Sox, a deal that will guarantee the slugger about $52 million. In 2005, Ortiz batted .300 with 148 RBI in 159 games, as his 47 home runs were second in Red Sox history to Jimmie Foxx’s 50 in 1938.

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Astros’ outfielder Craig Biggio breaks Bobby Bonds’ National League record when he hits his 31st career leadoff homer, a shot off Cincinnati’s Danny Graves in Houston’s 4-2 victory at Minute Maid Park. Rickey Henderson holds the major league mark, homering 80 times as the first batter for his team.

Astros’ outfielder Craig Biggio breaks Bobby Bonds’ National League record when he hits his 31st career leadoff homer, a shot off Cincinnati’s Danny Graves in Houston’s 4-2 victory at Minute Maid Park. Rickey Henderson holds the major league mark, homering 80 times as the first batter for his team.

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In a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals at Coors Field, the Rockies turned the first triple play in club history. With Scott Rolen on second base and Tino Martinez on first, Colorado’s first baseman Todd Helton catches Orlando Palmeiro’s soft liner for the first out and throws to shortstop Jose Hernandez, who steps on second for the second out and then tags Martinez to complete the triple killing.

In a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals at Coors Field, the Rockies turned the first triple play in club history. With Scott Rolen on second base and Tino Martinez on first, Colorado’s first baseman Todd Helton catches Orlando Palmeiro’s soft liner for the first out and throws to shortstop Jose Hernandez, who steps on second for the second out and then tags Martinez to complete the triple killing.

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In a 7 – 6 victory over the Cardinals at Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies turn the first triple play in club history. With Scott Rolen on second base and Tino Martinez on first, Colorado first baseman Todd Helton catches Orlando Palmeiro’s soft liner for the first out and throws to shortstop Jose Hernandez who steps on second for the second out and then tags Martinez to complete the feat.

In a 7 – 6 victory over the Cardinals at Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies turn the first triple play in club history. With Scott Rolen on second base and Tino Martinez on first, Colorado first baseman Todd Helton catches Orlando Palmeiro’s soft liner for the first out and throws to shortstop Jose Hernandez who steps on second for the second out and then tags Martinez to complete the feat.

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2000 – On his father’s 50th birthday, Ken Griffey, Jr. becomes the youngest player, at 30 years and 141 days, to hit 400 career home runs, beating the previous mark set by Jimmie Foxx, who was 30 years and 248 days old.

2000 – On his father’s 50th birthday, Ken Griffey, Jr. becomes the youngest player, at 30 years and 141 days, to hit 400 career home runs, beating the previous mark set by Jimmie Foxx, who was 30 years and 248 days old.

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Following the lead of the NHL’s Bruins and the NFL’s Patriots, the Red Sox begin playing Ed Cobb’s Dirty Water, a song sung by the Standells known for its iconic lyrics, ‘Boston you’re my home,’ after the home team wins. The debut of the Fenway Park tradition is memorable when the inaugural use of the team’s victory anthem plays on the PA system as Mo Vaughn is circling the bases following his walk-off grand slam, giving the BoSox, who had entered the frame trailing by five runs, an improbable 9-7 walk-off victory over Seattle.

Following the lead of the NHL’s Bruins and the NFL’s Patriots, the Red Sox begin playing Ed Cobb’s Dirty Water, a song sung by the Standells known for its iconic lyrics, ‘Boston you’re my home,’ after the home team wins. The debut of the Fenway Park tradition is memorable when the inaugural use of the team’s victory anthem plays on the PA system as Mo Vaughn is circling the bases following his walk-off grand slam, giving the BoSox, who had entered the frame trailing by five runs, an improbable 9-7 walk-off victory over Seattle.

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1998 – The New York Yankees draw the largest regular-season crowd ever at the renovated Yankee Stadium, as 56,717 attend the home opener against the Oakland Athletics. Then the Yankees crush the club scoring mark by winning the 17 – 13 slugfest.

1998 – The New York Yankees draw the largest regular-season crowd ever at the renovated Yankee Stadium, as 56,717 attend the home opener against the Oakland Athletics. Then the Yankees crush the club scoring mark by winning the 17 – 13 slugfest.

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1997 – The Chicago Cubs fall to 0-8, the worst start in the club’s 122-year history, following a 1 – 0 loss to the Florida Marlins at frigid Wrigley Field. Florida pitcher Alex Fernandez, making his first appearance in Chicago since he left the White Sox over the winter as a free agent, is two outs away from a no-hitter when pinch-hitter Dave Hansen legs out an infield hit off the pitcher’s glove. Fernandez settles for the one-hitter.

1997 – The Chicago Cubs fall to 0-8, the worst start in the club’s 122-year history, following a 1 – 0 loss to the Florida Marlins at frigid Wrigley Field. Florida pitcher Alex Fernandez, making his first appearance in Chicago since he left the White Sox over the winter as a free agent, is two outs away from a no-hitter when pinch-hitter Dave Hansen legs out an infield hit off the pitcher’s glove. Fernandez settles for the one-hitter.

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Wade Boggs is intentionally walked three times, tying a major league mark for a nine inning game. Tiger manager Sparky Anderson’s strategy pays off in preventing additional runs from scoring, but Detroit drops a 4-2 decision to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Wade Boggs is intentionally walked three times, tying a major league mark for a nine inning game. Tiger manager Sparky Anderson’s strategy pays off in preventing additional runs from scoring, but Detroit drops a 4-2 decision to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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Ken Griffey Jr., the youngest player in the majors, hits his first career homer on the first pitch he ever sees at his home ballpark, the Kingdome.

Ken Griffey Jr., the youngest player in the majors, hits his first career homer on the first pitch he ever sees at his home ballpark, the Kingdome. The 19 year-old, son of the Reds outfielder with the same name, takes White Sox’s Eric King’s pitch deep on his father’s 39th birthday.

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Martha and the Vandellas’ iconic hit Dancing in the Streets played as Tigers win home opener

Martha and the Vandellas’ iconic hit Dancing in the Streets, which was recorded a couple of miles north of the ballpark twenty years ago at the Motown Studios, finally is played over the public address system at Tiger Stadium. Jim Campbell, the Detroit’s GM who thought the lyrics might cause rowdiness in the stands, finally gives into the wishes of his younger fans, resulting in a ballpark tradition of the crowd cheering when Martha Reeves belts out the immortal words,“Can’t Forget the Motor City.”

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  • Warren Spahn beats Mets on 3 Hitter, Aaron, Mathews and Hodges homer
    On May 18, 1962, At County Stadium Future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn beats the Mets on a 3 hitter. Hank Aaron, Mack Jones, and Eddie Mathews homer for the Braves. Gil Hodges knocks one out for the Mets. Mathews makes his debut at first base, Af­ter 14 years in organized baseball, Milwaukee’s strong man […]
  • The Hall of Fame Opens - June 12 1939
    Radio broadcast from June 12 1939 when the Baseball Hall of Fame first opened.   
  • Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker get cleared for fixing games - Joe Wood tells us the story
    On January 27 1927 -- Citing accuser Dutch Leonard's refusal to appear at the hearings of January 5th, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis issues a lengthy decision clearing Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker of any game-fixing charges. Landis orders the Philadelphia Athletics to reinstate Cobb and the Washington Senators to restore Speaker. Both are then made free agents. Philadelphia owner Connie Mack will sign Cobb on February 8th, and Speaker will sign with Washington […]
  • Cookie Lavagetto breaks up no hitter with a walk off in the 1947 world series
    On October 3, 1947, in the 1947 World Series @ Ebbets Field - Cookie Lavagetto of the Brooklyn Dodgers breaks up Bill Bevens’ no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth, Lavagetto pinch-hitting for Eddie Stanky, hits a two-out ninth-inning double giving the “Bums” a dramatic and unlikely 3-2 win over the New York Yankees […]
  • Vida Blue on the CBS Evening News June 26 1971
    On June 2, 1971, this clip was Originally aired of Vida Blue of the Oakland A’s was in the midst of setting the baseball world on its ear when this story aired. Interviews with Blue’s mother is included as are clips of him pitching against the Kansas City Royals. Royals manager Bob Lemon and first […]