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April 18th

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1923 In front of over 72,000 fans, Yankee Stadium opens with Babe Ruth hitting the park's first home run, a two-run homer off Red Sox hurler Howard Ehmke, which helps beat Boston, 4-1. The new $2.5 million ballpark is the first to feature three decks.
1929 The Yankees become the second team to wear numbers on uniforms when their Opening Day game is postponed is by rain, giving the Indians the distinction of being the first to don the digits. New York's numbers are assigned based on the order in the lineup thus Earle Combs wore #1, Mark Koenig #2, Babe Ruth #3, Lou Gehrig #4, Bob Meusel #5, Tony Lazzeri #6, Leo Durocher #7, Johnny Grabowski #8, Benny Bengough #9, and Bill Dickey #10 (#s 8-10 are all catchers) rounding out the starting line-up.
1950 The Yankees defeat the Red Sox on Opening Day, 15-10, after trailing 9-0 after five innings. The Bronx Bombers take the lead when they score nine times in the the top of the eighth frame at Fenway Park.
1956 Ed Rommel becomes the first major league umpire to wear glasses during a game when he mans third base during the Yankees' 9-5 victory over Washington at Griffith Stadium. The bespectacled arbitrator, known as the father of the modern knuckleball, played 13 seasons with Philadelphia, compiling an impressive record of 171-119 with the A's from 1920 to 1932.
1972 For the first time in franchise history, the Yankees play a night game at Yankee Stadium on Opening Day. The Bronx Bombers, behind the three hitter by thrown Steve Kline, beat the Brewers, 3-0.
1978 After getting ahead in the count 3-0, Reggie Jackson, knowing he has a green light to hit away, pretends to be angered by getting a bogus take sign from third base coach Dick Howser. Oriole right-hander Tippy Martinez, deceived by the batter's behavior, grooves a fastball down the middle of the plate that the Yankee slugger promptly puts over the fence, giving the Yankees a 4-3 walk-off victory.

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