An SRO crowd attends the first-ever major league game on a Sunday in Brooklyn. The Ebbets Field contest, in which the Dodgers beat the Braves, 6-2, was made possible when the New York Legislature passed the Sunday Baseball Bill.
In a 6-1 victory over the Dodgers at Candlestick Park, Willie Mays becomes the all-time National League home run leader when he strokes his 512th career round-tripper off LA's starter Claude Osteen. The San Francisco center fielder passes another Giant, breaking the mark established by Mel Ott in 1946.
Illinois Eugene F. Schlickman, a co-author of the House of Representative Resolution 747 declaring today as Rick Monday Day, will be in attendance when Los Angeles' GM Al Campanis presents Rick Monday with the flag about to be burned in the outfield at Dodger Stadium. Last month, the former Marine reservist ran in from his position, swiping the 'Stars and Stripes' away from a father and a son who intended to set the Stars and Stripes on fire.
With their 7-2 win over Arizona, the Dodgers establish a National League record for consecutive victories to open a season at home. Their 11-0 start surpasses the NL mark shared by the 1918 Giants, 1970 Cubs, and 1983 Braves and is one shy of the major-league record set by the Tigers in 1911.
In the bottom of the second inning, with two runners aboard at Dodger Stadium, the Diamondbacks pull off their second triple play in franchise history. The 6-4-3 triple killing starts with shortstop Josh Wilson's backhanded grab of Casey Blake's scorching line drive (1), with his throw to Felipe Lopez doubling off Russell Marin at second (2), and Matt Kemp becoming the third out when the relay easily beats him back to first base (3).