Last week we talked about the 1998 HR mark at 70 set by Mark McGuire and to be honest it was rather boring and slow. Not much happened last week and unfortunately this week might be the same. On top of tragic events that hurt baseball as well as the people who lived it.
Here are the historical events from April 6th to April 10th throughout 150 years of history.
Monday April 6th: 1973 The Yankees become the last American League team to abandon their flannel uniforms in favor of polyester. The team’s new look on the road features white piping around the words New York on the front as well as around the numbers on the back.
1974: Shea Stadium, where the team will compile a 172-150 (.534) record during the renovations to the Stadium, with a 6-1 victory over Cleveland. The ‘other’ NY fans cheer loudly when the scoreboard posts the Mets’ 5-4 loss in Philadelphia.
Tuesday April 7th: 1925 During spring training play, A’s first baseman Joe Hauser’s kneecap appears to shatter spontaneously. The infielder’s other knee will also break similarly in 1934.
2010: According to its annual report, Forbes Magazine estimates the value of the Yankees to be worth approximately $1.6 billion, nearly twice as much as any other major league franchise. The World Champs, who moved into a new ballpark last season, made $441 million in net revenue after adjustments were made for its payment to baseball’s revenue-sharing program and the costs of financing its new stadium.
Wednesday April 8th: 1934 At Shibe Park, 15,000 fans witness the first legal baseball game between major league teams played on a Sunday in the city of Philadelphia. In a hometown exhibition game, the Phillies beat the A’s, 8-1.
1969 The Royals play their first game in the history of the franchise and join the winner circle along with the other three new clubs making their debuts today. Reliever Moe Drabowsky picks up the win when Kansas City beats the Twins in 12 innings, 4-3.
Thursday April 9th: 2009 Just hours after pitching six shutout innings against Oakland, Nick Adenhart is killed in a hit-and-run car accident. In memory of the 22 year-old right-handed rookie, the Angels postpone tonight’s game with the A’s.
2004: The Yankees and Joe Torre agree to a three-year extension. The contract also includes an additional six-year deal in which the 62 year-old manager will serve as a team advisor through the 2013 season.
Friday April 10th: 1969 Tommy Agee hits a monster shot into the into the top tier of the stadium in left field, making the blast the longest home run to reach the seats in Shea Stadium history. The Mets place a disc in the upper deck at the Flushing ballpark to commemorate the Mets center fielder’s historic homer.
1989: Ken Griffey Jr., the youngest player in the majors, hits his first career homer on the first pitch he ever sees at his home ballpark, the Kingdome. The 19 year-old, son of the Reds outfielder with the same name, takes White Sox’s Eric King’s pitch deep on his father’s 39th birthday.
All info is from Nationalpastime.com
See you Friday for an article about the most interesting event on this list. Feel free to tweet or email the team about the events that most interest you and what you may want to hear about in the future. Stay safe everyone!