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Today in Baseball History:

  • 1941 - The New York Giants become the first team to wear protective headgear as they used plastic helmets in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • 2013 - The Astros take Stanford University pitcher Mark Appel with the first overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft; Appel was a first-round selection in the 2012 draft, by the Pirates, but failed to come to terms. The Cubs follow by taking third baseman Kris Bryant from the University of San Diego. 15 of the top 20 picks are spent on pitchers.

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