This week Monday march 30 to Thursday April 2nd, we have a ton of fascinating events. Last week, the poll question seemed to float by with very few voting. That annoys the Rant man greatly! How dare you all! This week in this article, I will have two events for each day. By the end of the week the grunt talks team will vote on between the two most interesting and i will reveal it in Fridays history blog! Maybe we will bring back the polls one day.
Here are this weeks events:
Thursday April 2nd:
1969 After Donn Clendenon refuses to report to his new team after being traded, along with Jesus Alou to the Astros; the Expos resign their reluctant first baseman. Montreal will send Jack Billingham, Skip Guinn, and $100,000 to the Astros to complete the deal that brings Rusty Staub north of the border.
2002 In his major league debut, right-hander Jon Rauch of the White Sox pitches a perfect 1.1 innings in a 7-4 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field. The 6′-11″ Louisville, Kentucky native, who was a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, becomes the tallest pitcher to appear in a big league game.
Wednesday April 1st:
1996 Nationalpastime.com appears for the first time on the internet. The popular website is the first to feature baseball history on a daily basis.
2002 Cinci Freedom, who evaded capture for ten days after jumping a six-foot fence to avoid slaughter, is excused from her scheduled appearance in the Reds’ traditional Opening Day parade. Before the Reds’ 5-4 walk-off victory over the Cubs at Cinergy Field, the Charolais cow, after receiving a key to the city, is deemed too jumpy to participate in the Findlay Market activities.
Tuesday March 31:
1998Mark McGwire hits the first of his historic seventy home runs when he goes deep off Ramon Martinez in the fifth inning of the Cardinals’ 6-0 victory over L.A. at Busch Stadium. The Redbirds’ first baseman becomes the first player in franchise history to hit a grand slam on Opening Day.
1996For the first time in history, the major league season opens with a game played in the month of in March. At the Kingdome, the Mariners beat the White Sox in 12 innings, 3-2.
Monday March 30:
1993After 43 years, Peanuts character Charlie Brown finally hits a home run, a game-winning round-tripper batting against his nemesis Royanne Hobbs. Almost ten percent of the nearly 18,000 Peanuts strips created by Charles Schulz focused on baseball.
2001 In the East Room, President George W. Bush, former owner of the Rangers, tells a group of Hall of Famers he is sending an invitation to kids from all over the nation to play baseball on the White House lawn. The Commander in Chief has ordered the construction of a junior-size baseball field outside the Oval Office.
All info is from Nationalpastime.com
I look forward to writing the Friday article, please participate, tell me what you want to read or hear me rant about. I am all ears! Love history, one day you will become it!