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.
In his major league debut, Bronchos (Indians) hurler, future Hall of Famer Addie Joss tosses a one-hitter, beating the hometown Browns, 3-0, at Sportsman's Park. The 22 year-old right-hander will post a 17-13 record along with a 2.77 ERA in his rookie season with Cleveland.
Ty Cobb, making his pro baseball debut at the age of seventeen, homers and doubles for Augusta in the South Atlantic League. The Tourists, however, will release the 'Georgia Peach' two days into the season.
Jack McCarthy becomes the first and only major league outfielder to throw out three runners trying to score in one game. All of the 36 year-old flychaser's assists result in a double play and help the Cubs to beat Pittsburgh at Exposition Park, 2-1.
At Washington’s Griffith Stadium, a walk to Lyn Lary is followed by a Lou Gehrig home run, a smash which clears the fence, but bounces back into the hands of center fielder Harry Rice. The base runner Lary thinks the ball has been caught on the fly for the third out, returning to the dugout without crossing home plate, and the ‘Iron Horse', running with his head down, is ruled out for passing a runner in front of him, costing the Yankees a possible win (they lost by two runs), the 1931 home run crown (tied Ruth with 46), and two RBIs to add to his record setting 184 for the season.
Wrigley Field becomes the first ballpark to employ an organ to entertain fans. Roy Nelson's pregame serenade doesn't help the Cubs, when they fall to Max Lanier and the Cardinals, 4-2.
Right-handers Harry Feldman and Ace Adams defect from the Giants after the start of the season to sign with the Veracruz Blues for $10,000 along with a $10,000 bonus. The pair becomes the seventh and eighth players from the New York team to accept offers to play in the Pasquel brothers' 'outlaw' Mexican League.
Making his first big league start, Don Cardwell hurls a four-hitter, blanking the Giants at Connie Mack Stadium, 5-0. The Phillies rookie pitcher will compile a 102-138 (.425) record pitching for five teams during his 14 year career.
Sadaharu Oh hits the first round-tripper of his world record 868 home runs. The Japanese first baseman will play his entire 22-year career with the Yomiuri Giants of the Central League in Nippon Professional Baseball.
At Crosley Field, Willard Schmidt becomes the first major leaguer to be hit by a pitch twice in one inning. The Reds hurler is the third inning target of Bob Rush and Lew Burdette as Cincinnati beats the Braves, 11-10.
In the eleventh game of the season, Roger Maris finally hits his first homer in New York's 13-11 victory over Detroit at Tiger Stadium. The fifth inning blast off Paul Foytack begins the Yankee right fielder's historic quest of the single season home run record.
Catcher Harry Chiti is traded to the Mets from the Indians for a player to be named later. In June, New York sends the backstop to Cleveland to complete the deal.
After six tries, the defending world champion A's finally win their first series of the season when they beat Cleveland, 3-2. 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.
Steve Carlton pitches his sixth career one-hitter, establishing a National League record. The Phillies' southpaw blanks the Redbirds at Veterans Stadium, 7-0.
Taking over for the manager who replaced him last season, Gene Michael becomes the Yankee skipper for the second time in two years. In his previous stint with the 'Bronx Bombers', 'Stick' compiled a 48-34 record, but was fired before the end of the strike-shortened 1981 season in favor of Bob Lemon.
Keith Hernandez hits two homers and drives in seven runs to reach the 1000 RBI milestone. The Mets first baseman's offensive output, which includes an eighth inning grand slam off Charley Puleo, contributes to the Mets' 13-4 rout of the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
After overrunning Cardinal shortstop Ozzie Smith's fly ball down in the left field corner, Giants’ Kevin Mitchell recovers by reaching back and catching the ball in foul territory with his bare right hand. The National League's eventual MVP's amazing play occurs in the first inning of the Giants' 3-1 loss to the Redbirds at Busch Stadium.
Ranger hurler Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller's major league record of throwing twelve one-hitters when he beats the White Sox, 1-0. The only hit allowed is Ron Kittle's second inning check-swing single to right field.
Vince Coleman accidentally strikes Doc Gooden's right shoulder blade with a golf club while practicing his golf swing in the Shea Stadium clubhouse. The right-hander is not seriously hurt, but will pitch in tomorrow's afternoon's game, skipping his scheduled start tonight.
In the debut of Coors Field, the Rockies defeat the Mets in 14 innings, tying the National League record for the number of innings played in a season opener. New York's first baseman Rico Brogna collects the park's first home run, a fourth-inning line drive off Bill Swift.
In the Cubs' 7-6 win over Pirates at Wrigley Field, Ryne Sandberg hits his 267th career home run as a second baseman, breaking Joe Morgan’s record for the most homers at that position. The mark will not be broken again until 2004 when Jeff Kent of the Astros records his 268th dinger as a second sacker.
Expo outfielder Vladimir Guerrero's 100th career home run contributes to the team's 9-2 victory over Colorado at Olympic Stadium. The Montreal clean-up hitter's milestone round-tripper is hit over the center field fence, leading off the eighth inning on a pitch thrown by Julian Tavarez.
The St. Louis Cardinals set a major league record by hitting 50 home runs in April. Homers by pitcher Rick Ankiel, Jim Edmonds, and Fernando Tatis in the 7-0 victory over the Brewers help to break the mark established by the 1997 Indians with 49.
Hideo Nomo just misses becoming the fifth pitcher since 1900 to hurl two no-hitters in a single season as former Gold Glove right fielder Darren Lewis just misses catching Torii Hunter's blooper in the top of the seventh inning. The hit, which many consider a questionable call by the scorer, is the only hit given up by the Red Sox right-hander in the 2-0 victory over the Twins.
After two and a half years in the post, Kevin Malone resigns as the general manager of the Dodgers. Despite having the league's largest payroll, Los Angeles has failed to make the playoffs during his tenure.
Not wanting to assign blame for the worst start in the team's history, Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd dismisses manager Buddy Bell. The 6-16 club will now be piloted by Clint Hurdle, Colorado's hitting coach for the past six years.
With three home runs during his first three trips to the plate, Alex Rodriguez becomes only the 11th major league player to bat in 10 or more runs in a game. The highest paid player in baseball history is one RBI shy of the American League record of 11 set by fellow Yankee Tony Lazzeri in 1936 and two short of the major league mark of 12 shared by Jim Bottomley (1924) and Mark Whiten (1993) of the Cardinals.
In a game which included getting a whack on the top of the head by Shawn Green's bat, Mike Piazza becomes the 41st major leaguer to collect 400 career home runs. The Padres backstop also extended his record for most home runs by a catcher to 377.
At the age of 47, Julio Franco becomes the second oldest player to steal a base. In 1909, Arlie Latham, who played two games at second base for the Giants, swiped a sack at the age 49.
Francisco Cordero blows his third consecutive chance to save a game as 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 Kevin Mench's grand slam, which makes it the sixth straight game the outfielder has hit a homer, which also sets a team record.
Brad Penny's 96-mph fastball is missed by Dodger battery mate Russell Martin and knocks out umpire Kerwin Danley. After the players are asked to leave the field, the home plate arbitrator, who lost consciousness briefly, is placed on a stretcher and leaves the Dodgers-Rockies game in an ambulance.
Sara Tucholsky, a Western Oregon college senior, goes deep over the centerfield fence, but suffers a torn knee ligament rounding first and is unable to continue her trip around the bases. Any assistance from her team while she is an active runner will turn the three-run homer into a two-run single and an out, but just as she is about to be removed from the field, Central Washington senior Mallory Holtman comes forward along with other opposing players to carry the injured opponent around the bases in the ultimate display of sportsmanship.
On Ralph Kiner Day, Alhambra dedicates a bronze statue in honor of its native son for his "accomplishments and contributions to the game of professional baseball and sports broadcasting". The former Pirates slugger, a member of the Hall of Fame, spent his youth in the California city and graduated from its local high school in 1940.
Vin Scully receives an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, the institution's highest honor. The Dodgers' Hall of Fame broadcaster delivers a stirring commencement address to the 2008 Class of Seaver College, telling the graduates that achieving dreams may be “very difficult, but possible”.
On the first pitch he sees in the major leagues, Alexi Amarista strokes a two-run double in the bottom of the second inning of the Angels' 8-3 victory over Oakland. The 22 year-old rookie second baseman dedicates the hit to the memory of his dad, who was murdered five months ago during a home-invasion robbery in his Venezuelan hometown of Barcelano Anzoategu.
Using a starting lineup that is totally home grown for the first time since 1971, New York completes a three-game sweep of Miami when Heath Bell walks four batters in the ninth inning, including Justin Turner's 13-pitch at-bat that results in a game-tying bases-loaded base-on-balls, and then gives up a game-winning two-out single to the rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis with the bases loaded. Forty-one years ago, Gil Hodges used a lineup of all former Mets farmhands that included Ed Kranepool, Bud Harrelson, Tim Foli, Ted Martinez, Mike Jorgensen, Duffy Dyer, John Milner, and Jerry Koosman.
Anibal Sanchez breaks Mickey Lolich's franchise record of 16 strikeouts when he retires the side on strikes in the eighth inning of the Tigers' 10-0 rout of Atlanta. In his eight innings of work, the 29 year-old Venezuelan right-hander gives up just five hits en route to his 17-strikeout performance in the Comerica Park contest.