This Day In Baseball May 4
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Events for May 4
A National Association contest between the Cleveland Forest Citys and Fort Wayne Kekiongas is officially the first Major League game ever played. Fort Wayne is the winner, 2 – 0, behind a four-hit shutout by pitcher Bobby Mathews. Al Pratt is the losing pitcher. Cleveland’s catcher, Deacon White, is 3 for 4, including the first hit (a double) and also is the first to hit into a double play. Bill Lennon becomes the first catcher to throw a runner out trying to steal second base. In the 127 games during the 1871 season, there are a total of four shutouts.
Fred Brown makes his major league debut, his first appearance of a brief nine-game career, all for the Boston Beaneaters over two seasons. The 22 year-old outfielder, who goes 4-for-20 at the plate without making an error in the field, will enjoy a far more extended career as a politician, winning a Senate seat as a Democrat in then-conservative New Hampshire 1932 after serving as the state’s governor.
President William H. Taft leaves Robinson Park, where the Cardinals are routing the Reds, to catch a great pitching duel between the Naps’ Cy Young and the Browns’ Joe Lake at Sportsman’s Park. The chief executive will stay to the last out of the American League contest, which ends in a three-to-three tie after 14 innings of play.
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