Braves' pitcher Charlie Robertson has his glove removed from the game by umpire Charley Moran after the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) complained the ball was acting strangely. The Boston hurler still manages to win, 3-2.
"An Apology to Braves Fans - The management will reimburse any of its patrons for any expense to which they might have been put for necessary cleansing of clothing as a result of paint damage." - LOCAL NEWSPAPER AD
As a result of the newly painted grandstand seats not yet wholly dried, about 5,000 fans attending Boston's home opener against the Dodgers left Braves Field with green paint covering much of their clothing. The team takes out newspaper ads to apologize to the affected patrons, agreeing to reimburse any expense caused by the mishap, an offer costing the team $6,000, after generating nearly 13,000 claims, including some from as far away as California and Nebraska.
Water from the Gowanus Canal found near the Dodgers' old home Ebbets Field, and water from the Harlem River, located close to the Polo Grounds, once the Giants and the Mets' home ballpark, is blessed and used to christened Shea Stadium. The ballpark's namesake, Bill Shea, credited with bringing the National League back to New York, pours the water from two bottles, blessing the Flushing Meadow structure on the eve of its debut.
Juan Marichal, who signed with the team as a free agent, appears in his final major league game after making the second of two poor starts for the Dodgers. The 37-year-old 'Dominican Dandy' finishes his 16-year Hall of Fame career with more complete games (244) than the total of his victories (243).
Padres' first baseman Steve Garvey appears in his 1,118th straight game, breaking the National League record established by Hall of Fame outfielder Billy Williams playing for the Cubs in 1970. In his return to Dodger Stadium, the former LA infielder for 13 seasons sees his consecutive game streak end at 1,207, the third-longest span in major league history, suffering a dislocated thumb due to a collision at home plate in July.
The Braves establish a National League record for losses at the start of a season by losing their tenth consecutive game. With a 7-4 defeat to the Dodgers, Atlanta surpasses the mark previously owned by four teams, including the infamous 1919 Braves and the 1962 Mets.
Although better known for his contributions as a Dodger, the Padres retire the uniform #6 worn by Steve Garvey, who signed a $6.6 million five-year deal as a free agent in December 1982. The All-Star first baseman, the first to be honored by the franchise, enjoyed five solid seasons, batting .275, and hit the most dramatic home run in Friar's history, an elimination-staving walk-off homer in Game 4 of the NLCS for the eventual National League champs.