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Today in A's History
April 26th

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1901 After two days of rain at Philadelphia's Columbia Park, 10,547 fans witness Connie Mack's A's making their American League debut, losing to the Senators, 5-1. In their inaugural season in the Junior Circuit, the Mackmen will finish in fourth place, compiling a 74-62 record.
1957 Making his first big league start, Philadelphia's rookie right-hander Don Cardwell hurls a four-hitter, blanking the Giants at Connie Mack Stadium, 5-0. The 21 year-old Phillies hurler will compile a 102-138 (.425) record pitching for five teams during his 14-year career.
1973 After six tries, the defending world champion A's finally win their first series of the season when they beat Cleveland, 3-2, at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Although Darold Knowles blows the save, costing Catfish Hunter his first win of the year, Oakland, who had split the first two games with the Tribe, tallies in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off victory.
2006 Francisco Cordero blows his third consecutive chance to save a game when the A's tie the game 4-4 in the ninth and then score two in the next frame to beat the Rangers, 6-4. The Dominican closer's fifth blown save establishes a big league mark for the first month of the season and overshadows the sixth straight game that the Ranger outfielder Kevin Mench has homered, a grand slam that sets a team record.

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