In a game against the Giants, Philadelphia Nationals' pitcher Bill Duggelby hits a grand slam in his first major league at-bat. Bobby Bonds will hit one in his first game in his third at-bat, but Duggleby's feat will not be accomplished again until August 31, 2005, when Jeremy Hermida of the Marlins goes yard with the bases full.
At Schorling's Park on Chicago's south side, the White Sox, as a minor league team, play their first game in franchise history, losing to Milwaukee, 5-4. The small wooden ballpark located at 39th and Princeton, also known as Southside Park, will continue to be the Windy City home for the team when they join the American League next season.
In front of 19,867 of the Tribe's faithful, Detroit right-hander Ed Willett spoils the team's debut in League Park, blanking Cleveland, 5-0. The ballpark, located at E. 66th and Lexington Avenue, will serve as the franchise's full-time home until the club moves during the 1932 season to Municipal Stadium.
No games are played in the National League due to the funeral for Dodger owner Charles Ebbets, who died three days ago. Edward McKeever, who became president of the Brooklyn club upon the death of the owner, contracts pneumonia at the services for his business partner and will be dead in eight days.
The Browns win their seventh consecutive Opening Day game when Al Hollingsworth blanks Chicago, 3-0, in front of a reduced St. Louis crowd of 4,421 due to war-time travel restrictions. Bon Barnes, who always buys his pitcher a suit if they win the first game of the season, has never seen his club drop a contest on Opening Day since becoming the owner in 1935.
After hitting just one home run in his last 297 games, Mike Kreevich hits two round-trippers in the Browns' 5-3 victory over Chicago at Sportsman's Park. The 35 year-old right fielder will finish the season with five homers for the eventual American League champs.
Indian catcher Frank Hayes plays the last of his 312 consecutive games behind the plate. The streak began on October 2, 1943 when he started as the Browns' backstop on the last day of the season at Yankee Stadium.
Returning after serving his one-year suspension from baseball, Dodger manager Leo Durocher uses 24 players in a 9-5 loss to the Giants. The controversial 'Lip' had been suspended last April by commissioner Happy Chandler for an assortment of actions deemed detrimental to baseball.
At Griffith Stadium, Gil Coan hits two triples in the Senators' seven-run sixth inning in an 8-7 loss to New York. The Washington left fielder will be the last major leaguer to accomplish the feat until Rockies' leadoff hitter Cory Sullivan collects a pair of three-baggers in one frame in 2006.
At Wrigley Field, Stan Musial breaks up Glen Hobbie's no-hitter with a two-out seventh inning double. The 23 year-old right-hander settles for a one-hitter, going the distance in the Cubs' 1-0 victory over the Cardinals.
The Twins, formerly known as the Washington Senators before moving to Minnesota, play their first home game, losing to the 'new' expansion Washington Senators, 5-3 in front of a crowd of 24,606 at Metropolitan Stadium. The club's move to the North Star State will attract 1,256,723 fans, third best in the American League, and far better than their last season in the nation's capital, where the team drew only 743,404 fans, the worst gate in the league.
The Phillies obtain Larry Jackson and Bob Buhl from the Cubs in exchange for future Hall of Fame hurler Ferguson Jenkins, outfielder Adolfo Phillips, and first baseman/outfielder John Herrnstein. The pair of right-handers will post a 47-53 record collectively for Philadelphia as Chicago's new moundsman will win twenty or more games for six consecutive seasons starting in 1967.
For the first time since LA opened their stadium in Chavez Ravine in 1962, the team is rained out at home. The postponement of their scheduled game against St. Louis ends a streak of 737 consecutive contests at Dodger Stadium without a washout.
In the first American League game ever played in Texas, the transplanted Washington franchise, now known as the Rangers, beat California, 7-3. The club, which is managed by Ted Williams, will play their home schedule at Arlington Stadium, formerly called Turnpike Stadium, which is located between Fort Worth and Dallas.
After helping to arrange a syndicate to purchase the controlling interest in the Rangers for $89 million, George W. Bush, who also bought into the deal with a small stake of $500,000, convinces the investor group to make him managing general partner. The future president of the United States will become the public face of the team, with co-general partner Edward W 'Rusty' Rose handling financial matters of the team.
The Reds beat the Braves at Riverfront Stadium, 8-1, for their ninth consecutive victory since Opening Day. The eventual World Champions' winning streak is the best start in club history.
At the Metrodome, switch-hitting DH Eddie Murray knocks a home run from both sides of the plate in the Indians' 10-6 win over the Twins. 'Steady Eddie' has gone deep batting both left-handed and right-handed in the same game eleven times, breaking the previous record established by Yankee legend Mickey Mantle in 1964.
The Devil Rays sign Rolando Arrojo, the former ace of the Cuban National Team. The 28 year-old right-hander defected from his homeland just before the start of the 1996 Summer Olympics.
In Cincinnati, the Dodger/Red game is delayed for 27 minutes due to the umpires' equipment being accidentally shipped to New York. Replacement gear is secured from a downtown store, but due to heavy traffic a police escort is needed to get the goods to Cinergy Field.
Atlanta shortstop Rafael Furcal ties a major league record, which was last previously done by White Sox outfielder Lance Johnson in 1995, by hitting three triples in a game. The last Braves player hit three three-baggers in one contest was Danny O'Connell, who accomplished the feat at County Stadium 1956 in when the team played in Milwaukee.
Kansas City names the Kauffman Stadium Press Box after Hall of Fame writer and former Royals board member, Joe McGuff. The 1984 J.G. Taylor Spink Award Winner suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) and died in February at the of age 79.
In a nationally televised afternoon game at Busch Stadium, it takes the Mets 20 innings to beat the Cardinals, 2-1. The six hours and 53 minutes contest is decided when Jose Reyes plates the eventual winning run with a sacrifice fly off outfielder-turned-hurler Joe Mather in the top of the inning, and Mike Pelfrey, usually a starting pitcher, gets the final three outs in the bottom of the frame to record his first career save.
Phillip Humber's first major league complete game is baseball's twenty-first perfect game when he retires all 27 Mariners he faces in the White Sox’ 4-0 victory at Safeco Field. The 29 year-old right-hander, who had Tommy John surgery in 2005, is the third Pale Hose pitcher to accomplish perfection, joining Mark Buehrle (2009 vs Tampa Bay) and Charles Robertson (1932 vs Detroit).
Although he breaks his bat on the swing, Ike Davis becomes the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam for two different teams in April when he homers off Mike Leake, helping the Pirates defeat the Reds, 6-5, at PNC Park. Before being traded by the Mets to Pittsburgh earlier in the month, the 27 year-old first baseman went deep against another Cincinnati hurler, J.J. Hoover, for a walk-off slam in the bottom of the ninth at Citi Field.