Bill Singer becomes the first major league reliever to officially record for a save, a new stat that will be kept starting this season, in the Dodgers' 3-2 win over Cincinnati in the season-opener at Crosley Field. The 'Singer Throwing Machine' does not allow a hit, hurling three scoreless innings en route to saving Don Drysdale's victory
After throwing just two pitches to start the season, Don Drysdale finds himself and his team trailing by two runs when Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan hit back-to-back homers. The 32-year-old right-hander settles down, and the Dodgers come back to win the Crosley Field contest, 3-2.
Frank Sinatra keeps his promise to Tommy Lasorda by singing the Star-Spangled Banner on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. 'Old Blue Eyes' had told the team's new skipper he would perform the National Anthem if his friend ever became the L.A. manager.
Gary Thomasson starts the game by blasting the first pitch in the Dodgers' opener for a home run off Don Sutton, who had deliberately thrown a gopher ball. Unbeknownst to the Giants' leadoff hitter, the ball, scheduled to be sent to Cooperstown, was to be taken for a pitch and then handed to the home plate umpire to take it out of play.
Octavio Dotel, playing for his 13th team, breaks a major league record he previously shared with Mike Morgan, Matt Stairs, and Ron Villone. The 39-year-old Tiger reliever, who throws 1⅓ scoreless innings against Boston, has also appeared with the Mets, Astros, A's, Yankees, Royals, Braves, White Sox, Pirates, Dodgers, Rockies, Blue Jays, and Cardinals.