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April 16, 2014
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1928 Braves' pitcher Charlie Robertson has his glove removed from the game by umpire Moran after the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) complain the ball is acting strangely. The Boston hurler still manages to win, 3-2.
1929 On Opening Day, the Indians become the first team to wear numbers on the the back of their jerseys on a permanent basis when they edge Detroit at League Park, 5-4. The Tribe beat the Yankees in becoming the first team team to don digits on a regular basis when the Bronx Bombers' contest against Boston is washed out in New York.
1929 In a 5-4 Opening Day victory over Detroit at League Park, Indians' rookie center fielder Earl Averill homers on an 0-2 pitch off Tigers' hurler Earl Whitehill to become the first American League player to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The 'Earl of Snohomish' will become the first player to accomplish the feat who will be also be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
1935 With the band playing Jingle Bells at Boston's Braves Field on a snowy day with near freezing temperatures, Babe Ruth makes his National league debut as he homers and singles off Giants' legend Carl Hubbell. Although the Braves beat New York, 4-2, the team will go on to win only 37 more games this season.
1938 The Cardinals deal a declining Dizzy Dean to Chicago for pitchers Curt Davis and Clyde Shoun and $200,000. During his four years in the Windy City, the future Hall of Fame right-hander will compile a 16-8 record for the Cubs.
1940 On a cool day at Comiskey Park, the White Sox team batting average does not change as Indian fireballer Bob Feller hurls an Opening Day no-hitter beating Chicago, 1-0. Each South-sider started and ended the game with a .000 BA.
1940 On Opening Day, Franklin D. Roosevelt's errant ceremonial first pitch smashes a Washington Post camera. The Chief Executive is not charged with a wild pitch as Red Sox hurler Lefty Grove blanks the Senators, 1-0.
1946 On Opening Day at the Polo Grounds, Mel Ott goes deep for the final time of his career. The Giants' legend hits his 511th career home run off Philadelphia A's left-hander Oscar Judd.
1946 Prior to the Senators' 6-3 loss to the Red Sox at Griffith Stadium, Harry Truman becomes the first President to throw the ceremonial first pitch left-handed. On Opening Day in 1950, the southpaw commander-in-chief will toss two pitches, one left-handed and one right-handed.
1948 The future super station WGN-TV televises a baseball game for the first time. With Jack Brickhouse doing the play-by-play, the White Sox beat the Cubs 4-1 in the first game of the Windy City Classic played at Wrigley Field.
1953 In a Forbes Field contest in which Pittsburgh will prevail, 14-12, the Phillies score nine times and the Pirates tally six in the fifth inning tying the National League record as 15 batters cross home plate during the frame. Philadelphia’s second baseman Connie Ryan establishes a new team record with six hits, four singles and two doubles, in six at bats.
1957 Prior to the Phillies’ home opener, a statue of Connie Mack is dedicated as part of the Opening Day ceremonies. The eight-foot statue of the ‘Tall Tactician’, which depicts the A’s long-time owner and manager with one foot in the dugout and one foot on the top step of it waving his trademark scorecard to position his players, was created by well-known sculptor Harry Rosin.

 

1957 Andre Rodgers becomes the first Bahamian in play in the major leagues when he grounds into a 6-4 force play facing Bob Friend in the top of the second inning of the Giants’ 9-2 loss in Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field. The 22 year-old shortstop’s roommate and fellow Caribbean, Valmy Thomas, entering the game in the sixth to replace catcher Wes Westrum, also becomes the first native of the Virgin Islands to play in big league game.
1959 Dave Philley, who established a big-league mark by getting his eighth straight pinch hit on the last day of the campaign, extends the remarkable streak when he doubles off Lew Burdette in his first pinch hitting appearance in 1959. Although Rusty Staub of the Mets will tie his single season mark in 1983, the Phillies' premier pinch-hitter will remain the leader for consecutive hits coming off the bench with 9, albeit over a span of two years.
1962 Philadelphia’s Cal McLish and Bob Gibson of the Cardinals both fail to finish an inning when each starter allows six runs to score in the first frame. Ernie Broglio gets the victory tossing eight 1/3 innings of shutout ball in the Redbirds' 12-6 victory over the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium.
1964 The Mets' new home, Shea Stadium, is christened with Dodgers' Holy Water from the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and Giants' Holy Water from the Harlem River at the location where it flowed past the Polo Grounds.
1966 On the second day of the season, Jack Fischer gives up just five hits in his complete-game effort beating the Braves at Shea Stadium, 3-1. The win represents the Mets' earliest victory in franchise history.
1972 On the second day of the season, Burt Hooton, making his fourth career start, no-hits the Phillies at Wrigley Field, 4-0. The Cubs hurler becomes the 12th rookie to throw a no-hitter.
1978 Cardinal Bob Forsch no-hits the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0. Less than a year later, Bob's brother Ken of the Houston Astros will pitch a no-hitter against Atlanta making the siblings the only brothers to throw no-hitters in the big leagues.
1983 Steve Garvey appears in his 1,118th straight game, breaking the National League record established by Hall of Fame outfielder Billy Williams playing for the Cubs in 1970. The Padres' first baseman, who played 13 seasons with the Dodgers before signing as a free agent with San Diego in the offseason, will see his consecutive game streak end at 1,207, the third-longest span in major league history at the time, due to a dislocated thumb suffered as a result of a collision at home plate during the first game of a doubleheader in 1983.
1984 In his first three at-bats, A's Dave Kingman hits three home runs, including a grand slam, driving in eight runs against the Mariners in a 9-6 victory.
1988 The Braves establish a National League record for losses at the start of a season by losing their tenth consecutive game. With a 7-4 defeat to the Dodgers, Atlanta surpasses the mark, previously owned by four teams including the infamous 1919 Braves and the 1962 Mets.
1990 Kelly Gruber becomes the first Blue Jay to hit for the cycle in a 15-8 win against the Royals. His teammates buy him a tricycle in recognition of the accomplishment.
1997 Extending their losing streak to 12 with a 4-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies, the Cubs set the record for worst start in league history, surpassing the overall National League record of 0-11 established by the Detroit Wolverines in 1884.
1999 Jim Leyland becomes the 45th manager to win 1,000 games when his Rockies beat San Diego, 6-4. The Colorado skipper won 851 games for the Pirates during his 11-year tenure with the team, and another 146 victories and a World Championship for the Marlins during his two seasons with Florida.
2000 Indian starter Chuck Finley, who was already the only pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning twice, does it for the third time as the southpaw strikes out Tom Evans, Royce Clayton, Chad Curtis (who takes first on a passed ball) and Rafael Palmeiro in the third inning; Finley beats the Rangers 2-1 with the help of back-to-back ninth-inning homers from Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome.
2006 Thanks to the outstanding pitching of Brett Myers, and the Phillies bullpen, Philadelphia beats the Rockies, 1-0. It is the first time Colorado has lost a 1-0 game in the 10 years of playing at Coors Field.
2008 Kyle Kendrick, who posted a 10-4 record and an ERA under 4.00 last season as a rookie, is stunned when he hears he has been apparently dealt to Japan for Takeru Kobayashi, a champion hot dog eater. The bogus trade, an elaborate hoax which includes skipper Charlie Manuel, assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr., fellow hurler Brett Myers and members of the media, totally 'punk'd' the Phillies sophomore pitcher.
2011 Johnny Damon's walk-off single accounts for the Rays' 4-3 victory over Minnesota. The ninth-inning hit results in the fifth consecutive game-winning RBI for the 37-year old designated hitter, the first time the feat has been accomplished in nine years.
2011 Owasso High School senior Dylan Bundy, who will finish the scholastic season with an 11-0 record along with a 0.20 ERA and 158 strikeouts/5 walks in 71 innings pitched, throws a fastball that is clocked at 100 mph. The 18-year old Oklahoman will be selected by the Orioles as their first round pick (4th overall) in the June MLB Amateur Draft.
2013 In tribute to the victims of yesterday's Boston Marathon bombings, the fans at Yankee Stadium sing Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline, the anthem of their American League East rivals. Prior to the contest against Arizona, the Bronx Bombers display their logo next to the Red Sox emblem with the words "United We Stand" on an outside video board.

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