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Elephant Rumblings: Pro baseball returns, in Taiwan

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Rakuten Monkeys v CTBC Brothers - CPBL Opening Game Photo by Gene Wang/Getty Images

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Today in Baseball History:

  • 1914 - The Baltimore Terrapins host the very first game in Federal League history, defeating the Buffalo Buffeds, 3 - 2, behind the strong pitching of Jack Quinn. A crowd estimated at 27,000 stands 15 rows deep in the outfield to witness the return of big league baseball to Baltimore.
  • 1926 - In one of the greatest Opening Day pitchers’ duels ever, Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators defeats Eddie Rommel and the Philadelphia Athletics, 1 - 0, in a 15-inning battle. The game will set the record for longest opening day contest until 2012, when the Blue Jays and Indians play 16 innings on April 5th.
  • 1963 - After eleven hitless at-bats, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Pete Rose records his first major league hit, a triple off the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Bob Friend.
  • 1970 - The Oakland Athletics use gold-colored bases during the club’s home opener. The Rules Committee subsequently bans this innovation.
  • 1972 - The first player strike in Major League Baseball history ends, with an abbreviated schedule to start two days later.
  • 1984 - Pete Rose of the Montreal Expos gets his 4,000th hit, a double off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jerry Koosman, to join Ty Cobb as the only major leaguers to reach 4,000 career hits. The hit comes exactly 21 years after Rose delivered his first hit.
  • 1988 - Rick Honeycutt of the Oakland Athletics becomes the second pitcher in as many days to tie the American League’s 28-year-old balk record by committing four balks in four innings while saving a 12 - 7 win over Seattle. A major league record 924 balks will be called this season after umpires are instructed to interpret the complete stop rule more strictly.

Best of Twitter:

Update on A’s minor league manager Webster Garrison

Baseball in Taiwan! Imagine waiting through a pandemic and then getting delayed again ... for rain.

What would Doo do? Doggie workouts.

Eric Byrnes champions exactly the worthy cause you’d expect: Staying physically active.

Thank you!

Hope everyone had a great Easter! Or, almost everyone.