In his major league debut, Luis Castro plays second base for Connie Mack's Philadelphia's A's in an 8-1 victory over the Orioles at Oriole Park. The 25 year-old Medellin native is the first and last player from Colombia to appear in the big leagues until Orlando Ramírez breaks in with the Angels in 1974.
The Highlanders, previously called the Orioles before their recent move from Baltimore, win their first game representing New York. Spitballer Harry Howell goes the distance, throwing a two-hitter to get the win when the team that will become known as the Yankees beats Washington at American League Park, 7-2.
Senator right-hander Walter Johnson records his fifth Opening Day shutout, beating the A’s at Griffith Stadium, 1-0. The Philadelphia starter Scott Perry matches zeros with the ‘Big Train’ for a dozen frames, until pinch runner Mike Menosky scores the decisive run for Washington with one out in the bottom of the 13th inning.
Warren Spahn is born in Buffalo, New York. The future Hall of Fame southpaw, a mainstay with the Braves in the 1950's, is named after Warren Harding, a right-hander who was just recently sworn in as the president of the United States.
On WMAQ, Hal Totten, a Chicago Daily News play-by-play reporter, does a play-by-play radio report of the 12-1 Cubs' victory over the Cardinals. It will be the first broadcast of every Cub and White Sox home game of the season, marking the first time a team's games have been on the airwaves on a regular basis.
At Griffith Stadium, Senators' right-hander Alejandro Carrasquel faces the Yankees in his major league debut. The 26 year-old from Caracas becomes the first player from Venezuela to appear in a major league game.
In Cleveland, Hack Miller homers in his first major league at-bat. The Tiger catcher, with only ten plate appearances, will hit .444 during a brief two-year stint with Detroit.
Giant reliever Hoyt Wilhelm homers in his first major league at-bat, a fourth-inning blast off Dick Hoover in the team's 9-5 victory over Boston at the Polo Grounds. During the next 21 years, covering a span of 1070 games and 432 official at-bats, the knuckle-balling future Hall of Fame hurler will never homer again.
Both starters at Sportsman's Park toss a one-hitter, but Browns' southpaw Bob Cain gets the victory when he beats Bob Feller and the Indians, 1-0. The lone run of the contest scores in the bottom of first frame when third baseman Al Rosen's error allows Bobby Young, who tripled to lead off the inning, to cross the plate.
At Busch Stadium, Hank Aaron hits the first of his 755 career home runs in his seventh major league game. The Milwaukee outfielder's sixth-inning solo round-tripper is hit on a pitch thrown by Cardinal right-hander Vic Raschi in the Braves' 7-6 extra-inning victory in St. Louis.
At Kansas City's Municipal Stadium, the White Sox tie a modern major league mark for most runs scored by a single team in a game as they drub the A's, 29-6. The Red Sox also scored 29 runs against the Browns in 1950.
In a 7-6 loss to Chicago at the LA Coliseum, two Dodger mainstays from Brooklyn reach career milestones. First baseman Gil Hodges, who will finish his 18-year major league tenure with 370 home runs, hits his 300th career round-tripper, and Captain Pee Wee Reese, a future Hall of Fame shortstop, plays in his 2000th game.
Art Mahaffey sets a franchise record when he strikes out 17 batters in the Phillies' 6-0 victory over Chicago. The 23 year-old right-hander whiffs at least one hitter in each inning during the Connie Mack Stadium contest.
In the team's tenth attempt, the Mets win their first game in franchise history, defeating the Pirates at Forbes Field, 9-1. Jay Hook's five-hit complete game snaps Pittsburgh's record-tying winning streak of 10 games from the start of the season without a loss.
At Colt Stadium, Ken Johnson becomes the first pitcher to lose a nine inning no-hitter when the Reds beat the Colt .45's, 1-0. Pete Rose, who attempting to bunt reaches second on a throwing error by the pitcher, scores the game's lone run in the top of the ninth inning when Nellie Fox boots Vada Pinson's two-out ground ball to second base.
A ten-inning complete-game pitching duel, that includes Detroit's Denny McLain retiring 21 straight batters and Baltimore's Mike Cuellar getting 20 consecutive hitters, is won by Cuellar and the Orioles, 3-2, when Mark Belanger's single plates Ellie Hendricks, who had doubled to start the final frame, snapping the Tigers' right-hander's streak. At season's end both starters will share the Cy Young Award when the writers' choice for the prestigious honor results in a tie in the ballot box.
The Boston fans at Fenway Park warmly welcome back team legend Ted Williams when he emerges from the visitor's dugout to exchange lineups with the umpires. At home plate, the new Washington manager shakes hands with Red Sox coach and dear friend Bobby Doerr, much to the delight of the crowd.
Trailing by four runs at Candlestick Park, the Astros score ten times in the ninth inning to beat the Giants, 13-7. The final frame fireworks are fueled by seven hits, two walks, a passed ball, and an error.
Joe Morgan's major league record streak of 91 consecutive errorless games for a second baseman comes to an end. The Reds infielder's errant toss during a second inning run down is the first error he has committed since July 6, 1977.
In a 5-4 extra-inning loss to Boston at Yankees Stadium, Don Baylor collects his 999th and 1000th RBIs when he hits a two-run home run off Oil Can Boyd in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the Bronx Bombers on the board. The 36 year-old outfielder/designated hitter will end his 19-year career with 1276 runs batted in.
White Sox utility player Steve Lyons plays all nine positions during an exhibition game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. 'Psycho', however, will not join the small list of players, that includes Bert Campaneris (1965 A's) and Cesar Tovar (1968 Twins), who have accomplished the feat in a major league game.
Fernando Tatis becomes the only player in major league history to hit two grand slams in the same game in one inning. The Cardinal third baseman hits both off Dodger starter Chan Ho Park in an 11-run third, setting the major league mark. The third baseman's eight RBIs in one inning also breaks the old record of six.
Yankees Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada, in a 10-7 victory over the Blue Jays, become the first teammates to have each homered from both sides of the plate in the same game. Felipe Lopez and Tony Clark will become the second pair of teammates to accomplish the feat when each homer from both sides of the plate on Opening Day for the Diamondbacks in 2009.
The Dodgers sweep the Reds to notch their 1,000th win over the Reds, baseball's oldest professional franchise. Since 1970, Los Angeles is the only National League franchise to play over .500 ball (120-115) in Cincinnati (Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field).
Keith Hernandez is reprimanded by Sportsnet New York, the Mets' television network, for comments made last night about the female in full uniform sitting in the Padres dugout. Spotting Kelly Calabrese, the Padres' full-time massage therapist, the Mets broadcaster remarked women "don't belong in the dugout" and apologized for his insensitive comments during the telecast.
At the age of 73, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam is killed as a passenger in an auto accident near San Francisco. The prolific writer’s books covered various topics in American history, including pennant races (The Summer of ‘49), World Series (October 1964), and ball players who were lifelong friends (Teammates).
Joining the Giants, the Cubs become the second franchise in major league history to win 10,000 games, beating the Rockies in a ten-inning contest at Coors Field, 7-6. Chicago, which has won six in a row and is off to a 15-6 start for only the fourth time in the last century, has a 10,000-9,465 all-time won-loss record during their 122 years of existence in the Windy City.
All-Star Ben Zobrist agrees to a three-year contract extension with the Rays that guarantees him $18 million for 2010-13. The team's MVP last season, obtained in 2006 from Houston in the Aubrey Huff trade, had agreed to a one-year deal in March worth $438,100.
The Rays' 10-2 victory over Chicago concludes a 9-1 road trip, making it the team's winningest road trip in the 13-year history of the franchise. Tampa's success on the road translates into a 12-4 record overall, their best start ever.
Atlanta teammates Justin and B.J. Upton both hit home runs in the Braves' 10-2 rout of Colorado at Coors Field. It marks the 27th occurrence in major league history that brothers have homered in the same game, but is only the second time it has been accomplished in consecutive at-bats since 1938 when Lloyd and Paul Waner went back-to back for the Pirates.
Conrado Marrero, the oldest living former major leaguer, dies two days before his 103rd birthday. The 5-foot, 5 inch Cuban right-hander, who was named to the 1951 American League All-Star team, compiled a 39-40 record with an ERA of 3.96 during his five seasons with the Senators.
Michael Pineda, due to his effort to get a better grip on the baseball on a cool spring night at Fenway Park, will be ejected in the second inning for using pine tar, after trying to conceal the foreign substance on his neck. The Yankees right-hander will get a ten-day suspension for using the sticky material, which is usually overlooked by opponents when used in a discreet manner since it does not affect the flight of the ball.