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  • 1971 - At RFK Stadium, 45,000 fans watch the last Opening Day game to be played in Washington, DC until 2005. Dick Bosman pitches a six-hit shutout as the Washington Senators beat the Oakland Athletics, 8 - 0. After the season, owner Bob Short will move the Senators to Arlington, Texas, where they will play under the name “Texas Rangers” .
  • 1997 - Just one day after Turner Field opens its doors for baseball, the stadium holds its first slumber party. Rain showers force Saturday night’s Cubs-Braves game to be suspended in the 7th inning late Saturday night, but because of the change to daylight savings time and a day game on Sunday, several players decide to spend the night in the clubhouse at the brand-new stadium. The Braves win the completion of the suspended game, 11-5, and then win the regularly-scheduled game, 4-0.

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