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1947 Larry Doby of the Indians becomes the first black to appear in the American League when he strikes out as a pinch-hitter against Chicago hurler Earl Harrist. The 23 year-old former Newark Eagle standout will play in the major leagues for 13 years, amassing 1,515 hits, just three less than Jackie Robinson.

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1987 The A's first baseman Mark McGwire becomes the first rookie to hit 30 homers before the All-Star Game as Oakland defeats the Red Sox, 6-2. The Oakland infielder will finish the season with 49 round-trippers, establishing a new freshman mark previously shared by Wally Berger and Frank Robinson with 39.
1989 At the Oakland Coliseum, Mark McGwire hits his 100th career home run off of Royals' hurler Charlie Liebrandt. Big Mac's third inning three-run home run ties the score at 5-5, but the A's fall short, losing to Kansas City in extra innings, 12-9.
1993 At Cleveland, A's outfielder Rickey Henderson becomes the second player in major league history to open both games of a twin bill with a home run. In a 1913 doubleheader played in Washington, Red Sox outfielder and future Hall of Famer Harry Hooper was the first to accomplish the feat.

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