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  • 1912 - The Boston Red Sox play the first game in the history of Fenway Park, after three previous attempts to play the opener have been rained out. The Red Sox open up with an 11-inning, 7 - 6 victory over the New York Highlanders, the predecessors to Boston’s arch-rivals, the New York Yankees. Tris Speaker delivers the game-winning RBI before a crowd of 27,000 fans. Minutes later, the Detroit Tigers christen their Navin Field with a 6 - 5 win over the Cleveland Naps.
  • 1916 - The Chicago Cubs play their first game in the newly-built Federal League Weeghman Park, which will be renamed “Wrigley Field” in 1926. The stadium, minus the upper deck added later, seats 14,000, but 20,000 fans are on hand. Greeting fans on the Addison Street side is JOA, a bear cub owned by Cubs (partial) owner J. Ogden Armour. Everyone goes home happy as Vic Saier’s 11th-inning sacrifice fly gives the Cubs a 7 - 6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
  • 1997 - Mark McGwire becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit a home run over the left field roof at Tiger Stadium. The Athletics first baseman joins Harmon Killebrew (1962), Frank Howard (1968), and Cecil Fielder (1990) as the only players to accomplish the feat.

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