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- 1820 - Alexander Cartwright, considered by many the father of the national pastime, is born in New York City. This pioneer banker, who is given credit for establishing three strikes for an out and three outs for each half inning, will be elected into the Hall of Fame in 1938 after a review of his journals reveals his many contributions in developing and promoting the sport of baseball.
- 1869 - The first professional baseball game ever played sees the Cincinnati Red Stockings defeat the rival Cincinnati Amateurs, 24 - 15.
- 1945 - Pete Gray, a one-armed outfielder, plays his major league debut game with the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman’s Park. Gray hits a single off Les Mueller in four at-bats, and handles no chances in the outfield. St. Louis beats the Detroit Tigers, 7 - 1, for their ninth straight Opening Day win, setting a major league record that the 1975-1983 New York Mets will tie. Gray, one of many players recruited to perform during World War II, will hit .218 (51 for 254) in his only major league season.
- 1951 - The Philadelphia Athletics and the Washington Senators play the first home Opening Day night game in American League history. Washington wins, 6 - 1, behind the solid pitching of 40-year-old Connie Marrero as his batterymate Mickey Grasso hits a home run.
- 1954 - At County Stadium, utility man Nino Escalera becomes the first black player to appear in a Cincinnati uniform. A native of Puerto Rico, Escalera pinch-hits a single in the Redlegs’ 5 - 1 loss to the Milwaukee Braves. In the 7th inning, another black rookie, Chuck Harmon, follows him, pinch-hitting for Corky Valentine and pops out. Escalera, who will bat .159 and collect 11 hits in his only major league season, will eventually become a scout for the Oakland Athletics.
- 2012 - Jamie Moyer becomes to oldest pitcher to record a win in Colorado’s 5 - 3 victory over the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. At 49 years and 150 days of age, he eclipses Jack Quinn, who recorded the last win of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers on September 13, 1932. It is career win number 268 for Moyer, tying him with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer; he pitches 7 innings and is helped by Dexter Fowler’s two-run homer.
Update on A’s minor league manager Webster Garrison
Best of Twitter:
Luzardo is even great at pretend baseball.
I was at this game, in the RF bleachers.
Doing some research as I put together the A’s all-time shortstop list and realized yesterday was 13-year anniversary of Marco Scutaro’s walk-off blast against Mariano Rivera on Jackie Robinson Day pic.twitter.com/0tNUyZAZB6— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) April 17, 2020
Some new sports memorabilia has entered the market.
I have 2 unused N-95 replica Baseball Cup Masks for Auction.Highest Bidders go to perfect33foundation to pay and I’ll ship. So let’s do the auction here on Twitter and will close the Auction 6pm Saturday night. All the money goes to the 1st responders. Some of u asked here it-is pic.twitter.com/Uqdy88YLOx— david wells (@BoomerWells33) April 16, 2020
Juuuust a bit outside.
Joe Kelly broke his window while throwing at his house pic.twitter.com/13Eo6Mn1OK— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) April 16, 2020
Click the tweet for more neat facts!
When Rickey Henderson had 130 SBs in 1982, he attempted to steal 172 out of the 225, or 76.4 percent of the times he had an opportunity. (1/2)— Graham Womack (@grahamdude) April 16, 2020
I’ll still take Chapman, but dang, these are nice plays.
Nolan turns 29 today.— MLB (@MLB) April 16, 2020
Here are 29 plays Nolan made us go pic.twitter.com/k9asycaHPf
And on the other end of the defensive spectrum ...
If you’re ever feeling sad, just remember we all have a better DRS than Derek Jeter.— hoodiesolak (@HoodieSolak) April 17, 2020