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  • 1911 - Automobile maker Hugh Chalmers introduces the concept of a Most Valuable Player in major league baseball. Chalmers announces that he will award a new car to the player in each league who is selected MVP by a vote of baseball writers.

  • 1920s



  • 1948 - Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack, who is 84-years-old, challenges Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith, who is 78-year-old, to a foot race from home plate to first base. The contest ends in a photo finish tie.

  • 1950s



  • 1974 - Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron blasts an historic three-run home run against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jack Billingham on Opening Day. The home run is the 714th of Aaron’s career, tying him with the legendary Babe Ruth for the most home runs in major league history.

  • 1977 - The Pittsburgh Pirates make a seemingly minor trade that will pay major dividends when acquire outfielder Mike Easler from the California Angels for a minor league pitcher. Easler will contribute mightily to the Pirates’ World Championship in 1979.

  • 1980s

  • 1988:
  • *At Kauffman Stadium, George Bell of the Toronto Blue Jays becomes the first major leaguer to hit three home runs on Opening Day. Bell’s homers, all coming against Kansas City Royals ace Bret Saberhagen, help the Jays to a 5–3 victory.
  • *At Olympic Stadium, the New York Mets set an Opening Day record by clouting six home runs in a 10–6 win over the Montreal Expos. Kevin McReynolds and Darryl Strawberry each hit a pair of homers and Lenny Dykstra and Kevin Elster both hit one a piece.

  • 1990s

  • 1994:
  • *At Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs outfielder Tuffy Rhodes blasts three home runs on Opening Day victimizing New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden. Rhodes, who hit three home runs in all of 1993, becomes the first player in major league history to hit home runs in his first three at-bats of the season. In spite of Rhodes’ unexpected home run barrage, the Cubs lose the game, 12–8.
  • *The Cleveland Indians inaugurate Jacobs Field with a 4–3 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Eddie Murray hits a home run for the Indians, who played their last game at Municipal Stadium in 1993.

  • 1998 - Mark McGwire hits a home run in his fourth consecutive game to start the season to tie the mark set by Willie Mays in 1971. McGwire's home run helps lead the Cardinals past the Padres, 8–6, and also ties another league mark as his seventh in a six-game stretch (dating back to 1997).

  • 1999 - Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn dies in Venice, Florida at the age of 79, from complications caused by a stroke. Known as one of the tough pitchers in the game, the highly competitive Wynn won 300 games over a 23-year career with the Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.

  • 2000s

  • 2001 - At Camden Yards|, Hideo Nomo hurls a 3-0 no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles in his Boston Red Sox debut. It is Nomo's second career no-hitter, making him the fourth pitcher in major league history to pitch one in both the National League and the American League, joining Jim Bunning, Nolan Ryan, and Cy Young in exclusive company. It is also the earliest no-hitter, by date, in major league history.

  • 2003 - At Great American Ball Park, Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs hits his 500th career home run off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Scott Sullivan in the seventh inning, becoming only the 18th player in major league history to hit 500 or more home runs, as well as the first Hispanic player to do so. Despite Sosa's highlight, Cincinnati edge the Cubs 10–9.

  • Births

  • 1862 - John McCloskey, manager (d. 1940)
  • 1878 - Jake Volz, pitcher (d. 1962)
  • 1883 - John Hummel, infielder (d. 1959)
  • 1888 - Tris Speaker, Hall of Fame outfielder (d. 1958)
  • 1910 - Joe Vosmik, Hall of Fame outfielder (d. 1962)
  • 1916 - Mickey Owen, All-Star catcher (d. 2005)
  • 1924 - Gil Hodges, All-Star infielder/manager (d. 1972)
  • 1937 - Gary Geiger, outfielder (d. 1996)
  • 1941 - Eddie Watt, pitcher
  • 1942 - Jim Fregosi, All-Star infielder/manager
  • 1943 - Mike Epstein, infielder
  • 1947 - Ray Fosse, All-Star catcher
  • 1956 - Tom Herr, All-Star infielder
  • 1961 - Brad Komminsk, outfielder
  • 1969 - Carlos Reyes, pitcher
  • 1975 - Scott Rolen, All-Star infielder
  • 1978 - Jason Ellison, outfielder
  • 1981 - Casey Daigle, pitcher
  • 1987 - Eric Valent, outfielder

  • Deaths

  • 1924 - George Wood, outfielder (b. 1858)
  • 1949 - George Suggs, pitcher (b. 1882)
  • 1971 - Carl Mays, (b. 1891)
  • 1982 - Mel Queen, pitcher (b. 1918)
  • 1999 - Early Wynn, Hall of Fame pitcher (b. 1920)
  • 2004 - George Bamberger, manager (b. 1923)

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