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This Day in Orioles History
April 9th

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1959 At Washington, D.C.'s Griffith Stadium, the Orioles become the first major league team to turn a triple play on Opening Day. Vice-President Richard Nixon, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch substituting for President Eisenhower, sees the hometown Senators post a 9-2 victory over Baltimore, behind a solid seven-hit, complete-game performance by Pedro Ramos.
1976 Orioles' right-hander Jim Palmer and Boston's Ferguson Jenkins, both future members of the Hall of Fame, stage a classic pitching duel at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium on Opening Day. The Birds, behind the eight-inning, six-hit effort by 'Cakes,' beat the Red Sox and Fergie, who goes the distance, 1-0, thanks to an unearned run scored in the fourth inning.
1999 Just two days after celebrating his 80th birthday, former Orioles owner Jerold C. Hoffberger dies unexpectedly. The philanthropist enjoyed five American League pennants and two World Championships during his 14-year tenure, before selling the club to Edward Bennett Williams after the 1979 season.
2005 Juan Pierre's consecutive innings streak comes to an end at 1700 as his name is not in the starting lineup of Florida. The Marlins' center fielder, whose consecutive game streak stays intact at 340 by entering the contest as an eighth-inning defensive replacement, joins Cal Ripken (Orioles, 1983-86) and Travis Fryman (Tigers, 1995) as the only big leaguers to play every inning for his team during a season.

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