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This Day in Dodgers History
April 5th

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1913 In an exhibition game against the Yankees, 25,000 fans watch the Dodgers play their first game in Ebbets Field. Brooklyn beats New York, 3-2, with Casey Stengel hitting the park's first home run, an inside-the-parker.

Brooklyn's Ebbets Field (1913)
Library of Congress - George Grantham Bain Collection

1957 The Phillies trade five players, Ron Negray, Tim Harkness, Elmer Valo, Mel Geho, and Ben Flowers (the player to be named later), sending $75,000 to the Dodgers to obtain much-touted Cuban infielder Chico Fernandez. Philadelphia's new shortstop plays three seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, batting just .242 before being traded to the Tigers.
1989 At Riverfront Stadium, Dodgers' hurler Orel Hershiser's scoreless-inning streak ends at 59. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Todd Benzinger's single scores Barry Larkin, almost a pickoff victim after getting a base hit to lead off the game but was safe on the 'Bulldog's' throwing error.
1993 In front of 42,334 fans at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, the Florida Marlins, making their major league debut, defeat the Dodgers, 6-3. Joe DiMaggio throws out the ceremonial first pitch, and the team retires uniform number 5 in tribute to their late president Carl Barger, the number of his favorite player, fittingly Joe DiMaggio.

(Ed. Note: In 2012, the Marlins took the unusual step of un-retiring a number, allowing Logan Morrison to don the digit in tribute to his dad, whose favorite player was George Brett, the former Royals' third baseman. -LP)

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