April 20 1939 – The Boston Red Sox show off their prize rookie and last season’s American Association Triple Crown winner – Ted Williams before 30,278 in their opener at Yankee Stadium, delayed two days because of rain. After striking out twice, Williams blasts a 407-foot double to right-center field a double off New York Yankees pitcher Red Ruffing, who wins 2 – 0. Lou Gehrig makes an error, goes hitless, and lines into two double plays in the only game featuring the two great sluggers. New York scores its first run on a home run by Bill Dickey and its second tally on an error by Jimmie Foxx. Boston has baserunners in each inning, but Ruffing tosses just the second opening day shutout in Yankees history.

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