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- 1912 - In the first game ever played at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox defeat Harvard University in an exhibition game played in a snow storm.
- 1913 - The Brooklyn Superbas and Philadelphia Phillies play the first game in the history of Ebbets Field. A crowd of 10,000 watches the visiting Phillies win, 1 - 0. The new ballpark is named after Brooklyn owner Charles Ebbets.
- 1965 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson joins 47,878 fans for the opening of Harris County Domed Stadium (the Astrodome). The Houston Astros win an exhibition game against the New York Yankees, 2 - 1, in 12 innings. Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle hits the first-ever indoor home run in the new park.
- 1971 - The Oakland Athletics trade 1B/OF Felipe Alou to the New York Yankees in exchange for two prospects. In 1972, Alou’s younger brother, Matty, will join him in New York pinstripes. The Yankees will acquire him in another deal with Oakland.
- 1981 - On Opening Day, Dodgers rookie pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, in replacement of injured starter Jerry Reuss, shuts out the visiting Astros, 2 - 0, on five hits, in his first major league start. Valenzuela will go on to win eight consecutive games.
- 1993 - At Mile High Stadium, the Colorado Rockies beat the Montreal Expos, 11 - 4, for their first victory ever and set a National League record for attendance in their home debut. The crowd of 80,227 breaks the NL record of 78,672 set on April 18, 1958, by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- 1994 - Recently-retired NBA legend Michael Jordan makes his professional baseball debut by going hitless for AA Birmingham. Chattanooga is a 10 - 3 winner over the White Sox affiliate club.
- 2001 - Pittsburgh’s PNC Park makes its major league debut as hometown product Sean Casey leads the visiting Reds past the Pirates, 8 - 2. The Reds first baseman, who hit the first home run ever at Miller Park three days ago, goes 4 for 4 and again has the honor of hitting the first home run in a major league park’s history. The bat which was used to hit both historic homers is sent to the Hall of Fame.
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Rooted in Zoom
How some @Athletics fans spent the evening... A’s Bleacher die-hards take to ZOOM for a 3 hour party. Thanks to everyone who participated, it was great to see your amazing faces. From AZ to The Bay, A’s fans are the best! Special ❤️ to @karashotcorner for a surprise appearance. pic.twitter.com/fPGH7cwLJ8— PhotosaladPhotography (@PhotosaladPhoto) April 8, 2020
Catfish’s birthday was yesterday, but this stat may live on forever with the modern downtick in wins for starting pitchers.
Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter was born on this day in 1946.— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) April 9, 2020
Hunter is the only pitcher in MLB history with five 20-win seasons and five World Series titles. pic.twitter.com/1OthfPfs3z
School assignment today: draw dad.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 8, 2020
I should’ve known better. pic.twitter.com/yG7PQtaOAD
Hand-shaking was always an overvalued commodity
Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks shaking hands should cease to be part of our culture. Billy Beane has thought that for years. As ever, Billy was ahead of his time.— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) April 8, 2020
Ripken just joined Twitter and he’s already HOF-caliber at it
Guess who wants to play ball? pic.twitter.com/ACv4NcsaTa— Cal Ripken, Jr. (@CalRipkenJr) April 8, 2020
Not exactly baseball-related, but will hopefully put a smile on your face to start your day!