Opening Day baseball – Historical

For the baseball fans the MLB Opening day has several meanings being the main one the start of spring time, good weather, barbecues and the awaited summer time.

Some interesting historical facts of the Opening day are:

  • In 1907 the New York Giants played the Phillies at New York City’s Polo Grounds after a heavy snowstorm
  • During the 1910 season William Howard Taft became the first president to throw the ceremonial first pitch and since that event every president (except for Jimmy Carter) has thrown one ceremonial first ball for Opening Day
  • There has only been one no-hitter in Opening Day history (Cleveland pitcher Bob Feller)
  • In 1946 the Boston Braves fans had an unpleasant surprise as the outfield stands had recently been painted and didn´t dry on time so the red paint stained the angry spectators
  • In 1947 Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play for a Major League team
  • In 1974 Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 714th home run on Opening Day
  • This same year (1974) several naked fans rushed onto the field at Chicago’s Comiskey Park interrupting the game
  • A Hall of Famer has begun the most Opening Day games in history his name: Tom Seaver

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