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April 22nd

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1876 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.
1947 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.
2010 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.

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