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April 10th

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1961 In the last opener ever to be played at Griffith Stadium, rookie president JFK throws out the longest and hardest thrown ceremonial first pitch in history as the ball sails over the heads of the players lined up in front of the presidential box. The newly elected Commander in Chief, an avid Red Sox fan, stays for the entire game and sees the 'new' Washington Senators, the former team having moved to Minnesota, play their first game, losing to the White Sox, 4-3.

1968 In the Red Sox' 7-3 win at Tiger Stadium, Carl Yastrzemski homers twice on the first day of the season, with one being an inside-the-park round-tripper. It will take another 41 years before Emilio Bonifacio hits the next Opening Day inside-the-park poke.
1977 At Fenway Park, the Indians (13) and the Red Sox (6) established a major league record for the most runs scored by both teams in one inning. The eighth inning barrage proves to be too much for Boston as Cleveland beats the home team, 19-9.
1981 On Opening Day, White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, playing the first game of his career while not wearing a Red Sox uniform, makes a dramatic return to Fenway, hitting a three-run homer in the eighth to knot the score at 3-3. Chicago will tack on two more runs in the ninth and will beat Boston, 5-3.
1990 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.

"Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you're my home
(Oh, you're the number one place)"

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.

2000 Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the youngest player in major league history to hit 400 home runs when he goes deep into the left-field seats off Rolando Arrojo in the fourth inning of the Reds' 7-5 loss to Colorado at Coors Field. Thirty year-old 'Junior' reaches the milestone 107 days younger than Jimmie Foxx, who accomplished the feat in 1938 playing with the Red Sox.
2006 Rather than exploit the free-agent market next season, David Ortiz agrees to a $52 million, four-year contract extension with the Red Sox. The deal, which keeps the popular designated hitter in Boston until 2010, also contains a team option for 2011.
2013 The Red Sox regular-season span of 794 sellouts ends when a less-than capacity crowd attends the team's 8-5 loss to the Orioles at Fenway Park, easily surpassing the previous baseball record of 455 full houses at Jacobs Field, established by the Indians from 1995 to 2001. With the addition of postseason games bringing to the total to 820, the franchise also passed the Portland Trailblazers' mark of 814 consecutive sold-out contests, making Boston's stretch the longest in the history of major professional sports.
2015 The Red Sox take six hours and 49 minutes to beat New York at Yankee Stadium, making the contest the longest game in franchise history. The 19-inning victory lasts 14 minutes longer to complete than a 2001 loss to the Rangers in Texas.

10 Fact(s) Found