Three thousand fans attend the Philadelphia Athletics' 6-5 loss to the Boston Red Caps in the first game ever played in the National League. The Athletic Park contest becomes the new circuit's inaugural event by default when the other scheduled games are rained out.
Exposition Park, which opened last year as the home of the Pittsburgh Burghers of the short-lived Players' League, hosts its first Pirates game, a National League contest that the Bucs lose to Chicago, 7-6. The ballpark located on the north side of the Allegheny River, across from Pittsburgh's downtown area, will be the team's home until they move to Forbes Field in 1909.
In the first game of franchise history, the New York Highlanders (later to be renamed Yankees) lose their opener to Washington at American League Park, 3-1. Jack Chesbro takes the loss, but the 28 year-old right-hander will finish the season with a 21-15 record (.583) along with an ERA of 2.77.
Babe Ruth, in his first pro game, blanks Providence to give Baltimore a 6-0 International League victory. Eighteen of the 94 major league victories thrown by the future 'Sultan of Swat' will be shutouts.
Similar to the looks of the Pirates, the Yankee uniforms feature pinstripes for the first time. The Bronx Bombers will abandoned the fashion statement for two seasons, in 1913-1914, but will return to the style for good in 1915.
With George Sisler aboard each time, Browns' left fielder Ken Williams hits three home runs, becoming the first American League player to accomplish the feat in a game. The outfielder's three round-trippers lead St. Louis to a 10-7 victory over Chicago at Sportsman's Park.
In their home opener against Cincinnati at Sportsman's Park, Branch Rickey's Cardinals collect 12 hits in the first frame to establish a National League mark. The batting barrage accounts for 11 runs scoring in the inning en route to the Redbirds' 12-3 rout of the Reds.
In a game that will be best remembered for uniting the Dodgers behind their new teammate Jackie Robinson, Phillies players, inspired by their Alabama-born racist skipper Ben Chapman, repeatedly shout racial epitaphs, throw beanballs, and intentionally spike Brooklyn's rookie first baseman, the first African-American to play major league baseball in the 20th century. The incident is so severe Philadelphia's infielder Jeep Handley will later publicly apologize, and the team's manager will be chastised by baseball commissioner, Happy Chandler, for his bigoted leadership.
New York starter Don Larsen hits a grand-slam off Frank Sullivan in the Yankees' 13-6 victory over Boston at Yankee Stadium. The 26 year-old right-hander, a good-hitting pitcher, will finish his 14-year career with 14 home runs and a .242 average.
Entering the game as a pinch runner, John Kennedy becomes the first black to play with the Phillies, the last National League team to integrate. The former shortstop for the Birmingham Black Barons and Kansas City Monarchs will bat only twice in the major leagues, striking out and reaching on an error.
In the seventh inning of a 20-6 rout of Kansas City, the White Sox score 11 runs on just one hit. The other Municipal Stadium base runners get on thanks to two errors, ten walks, and one hit batsman.
Although it takes extra innings, Whitey Ford ties the Yankees' record for strikeouts, fanning 15 batters when he beats the Senators in 14 innings, 1-0. 'Slick' equals the mark established by Bob Shawkey in 1919, when the right-hander defeated Philadelphia in a nine-inning game, 9-2.
Bill Skowron homers to deep left field off Chuck Stobbs in the top of 14th inning, accounting for the lone run in the Yankees' victory over the Senators at Griffith Stadium. Whitey Ford goes the distance for the win in the longest American League 1-0 game to be decided by a home run.
On the day he is presented with his Cy Young award, Mets' fireballer Tom Seaver ties a major league record by whiffing 19 Padres, including the last ten he faces, to gain a 2-1 win at Shea Stadium. Batterymate Jerry Grote sets the major league mark with ten consecutive putouts in a game for a catcher.
Designated hitter Ron Lolich, Mickey's cousin, hits the third of his four career home runs, a two-out walk-off grand slam, giving the Indians an 8-7 comeback victory. Boston had scored three runs in the top of the ninth to break a 4-4 deadlock.
It takes two days to accomplish the feat, but Tim Foli becomes the first Expo to hit for the cycle when he homers in the eighth inning of a suspended game. Before the Wrigley Field contest was halted yesterday because of darkness, the Montreal shortstop had stroked a single, double, and triple in the club's eventual 12-6 victory over Chicago, in that order, for a rare 'natural cycle'.
Two weeks into the season, the World Champion Twins deal their reliable right fielder Tom Brunansky to the Cardinals for second baseman Tommy Herr. Minnesota had hoped their newly acquired switch-hitting infielder would be an ideal No. 2 hitter in front of Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbek, but the 32 year-old will hit .263, playing in only 86 games due to injuries.
During the first night game in the new ballpark, Frank Thomas hits the first White Sox home run in Comiskey Park, contributing to Chicago's 8-7 victory over Baltimore. In the south-side stadium debut three days ago, Jack McDowell surrendered the park's first homer to Cecil Fielder in a 16-0 rout of the home team by Detroit.
Mariner right-hander Chris Bosio walks the first two batters he faces in the Kingdome, but is perfect the rest of the way, throwing the second no-hitter in franchise history when he beats Red Sox, 7-0. The 30 year-old Seattle's no-no is kept intact by several outstanding plays from his infielders, including shortstop Omar Vizquel's barehanded play on a chopper hit by Ernest Riles for the game's final out.
The Mariners surpass the 1984 White Sox record for home runs hit by a team in April with their 39th round-tripper. Seattle will extend the mark to 44 homers by month's end.
Homers by Mark McGwire and Fernando Tatis help to establish a National League record for the most team home runs in April when the Cardinals go yard 42 times. The Braves had hit 41 home runs in April of 1998.
Angels Mo Vaughn, Tim Salmon, and Troy Glaus all go deep in the fourth inning against Devil Rays' hurler Dwight Gooden, and then they again all homer off Roberto Hernandez in the ninth. It is the first time in major league history that the same three players homered in the same inning twice in a game.
After being hit by a pitch thrown by White Sox starter Jim Parque, Dean Palmer charges the mound, beginning a series of brawls that continue to erupt during the beanball-filled game. When the dust settles in Chicago's 14-6 victory over the Tigers at Comiskey Park, nine players, one coach, and one manager will have been ejected from the contest, and as a result of the incident sixteen individuals, including players, coaches, and managers, will be suspended with another another nine being fined.
A new number, 455, will added with 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, and 42, on the second deck in right field. The three digit number will join the other previously Indian retired numbers as an honor to the fans for setting a sellout streak record, which lasted for 455 games over a five-year period at Jacobs Field.
Bill Hall, Damian Miller, Brady Clark, J.J. Hardy, and Prince Fielder all go deep in the bottom of the fourth frame at Miller Park, making the Brewers the fifth team to hit five home runs in one inning. Milwaukee joins the 1966 Twins, 1939 Yankees, 1949 Phillies, and the 1961 Giants to establish the major league mark.
The Red Sox become the fifth team in big league history to hit four consecutive home runs in an inning when Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, and Jason Varitek all go deep with two outs in the third inning at Fenway off Yankee starter Chase Wright, who becomes only the second hurler to allow a team to accomplish the feat off one pitcher. J.D. Drew was also part of the quartet of the 2006 Dodgers who were the fourth major league team to connect for four straight round trippers in one frame.
In a scheduling oddity, both New York big league teams play in Chicago with the Mets playing the Cubs in a matinee, and the Yankees taking on the White Sox in a night game. This unusual occurrence, it's the first time in 11+ years that two teams from one city have played in another city on the same date, may have been necessitated by the Pope's weekend visit to the Bronx, whose appearance included a mass at Yankee Stadium two days ago.
Striking out Nationals second baseman Felipe Lopez on his signature split-finger fastball, John Smoltz becomes the 16th pitcher in big league history to achieve 3,000 career strikeouts. In the 6-0 Braves loss to Washington at Turner Field, the Atlanta ace fans 10 batters for the 45th time in his 20-year career.
The Yankees turn their first triple play in 42 years when Alex Rodriguez steps on third to start a 5-4-3 around-the-horn play that results in three outs in a 4-2 loss to the A's in Oakland. The team's last triple killing occurred in June of 1968, on a 1-5-3 ground ball hit by Minnesota’s John Roseboro, a play started by pitcher Dooley Womack, continued by third baseman Bobby Cox, and finished by Mickey Mantle, who was playing first base.
With a 20-0 rout of Pittsburgh at PNC Park, the Brewers hand the Pirates their most-lopsided loss in the 124-year history of the franchise. The victory completes a three-game sweep of the Bucs in which the Brew Crew outscored their opponents, 36-1.