I am sure a lot has happened during this week throughout the years in MLB history but frankly nothing matters to me beyond Wednesday April 15th. Jackie Robinson day. Below as always I will list the events for this week. Last week had very little and thus I did not write a friday article.
This week on Wednesday, I will have a series about Jackie Robinson. The whole week is dedicated to his history and what he has done to both the game and my love for it. Baseball is history and I have been glued to studying it since the age of four when I would steal my dads paper to look at the numbers. Obsessed with batting average back then. Thurman, Jackie and Clemente are the three whom I idolized and still do. Add Matsui, and Bernie Williams and you have my top 5.
Jackie Robinson day is my birthday and without it I don’t feel whole. This year for the 1st in my life, there will be no baseball. Lets celebrate regardless.
Events this week:
Monday April 13th: 1954 Not wanting to be associated with Communists, Cincinnati plays its first game as the Redlegs. The new moniker, which is widely accepted, will be employed for six seasons before the club reverts to being known as the Reds, which was a shortened version of the Red Stockings, the team’s original name from 1882 to 1899.
1978: On Opening Day, Roger Maris returns to Yankee Stadium for the first time since being traded to the Cardinals in 1966. After shunning many previous invitations, the prodigal son returns to help Mickey Mantle hoist the club’s World Champion flag due to the promise of team owner George Steinbrenner to install sod and lights for the baseball field at his children’s school in Gainesville, Florida.
Tuesday April 14th: 1910: At American League Park in Washington, D.C., William Taft becomes the first president to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Chief Executive stays to see a great game when Senator legend Walter Johnson one-hits the A’s in the season opener, 3-0.
2017: The first time in baseball history that a team starts three fly-chasers with the same surname in the same game occurs when left fielder Willy Garcia, center fielder Leury Garcia, and right fielder Avisail Garciaare appear in the Twins’ lineup at Target Field. In the 1960’s, the three Alou brothers, Felipe, Jesus, and Matty, patrolled the same outfield on three occasions, but the trio of siblings never started the contest at the same time.
Wednesday April 15th: 1946 Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in MLB.
1947: A year before President Truman desegregated the military, Jackie Robinson debuts for the Dodgers, becoming the first black player to participate in a major league game this century. In front of 25,623 Ebbets Field fans, the 28 year-old first baseman is hitless in three at-bats but scores a run in the 5-3 Opening Day victory over the Braves.
Major league baseball begins the tradition of Jackie Robinson Day, an annual celebration commemorating the day in 1947 when the Dodger infielder broke the color line. At big league venues across the country, ceremonies are being held to honor the ground-breaking historical event, including baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Jackie’s widow Rachel Robinson attending the festivities at Shea Stadium.
Thursday April 16th: 1957: Before the Phillies’ home opener, the team dedicates a statue of Connie Mack as part of the Opening Day ceremonies. The eight-foot statue of the ‘Tall Tactician,’ which depicts the A’s long-time owner and manager with one foot in the dugout and one foot on the top step of it, waving his trademark scorecard to position his players, was created by well-known sculptor Harry Rosin. The ‘Tall Tactician’
1997: The Cubs set the record for worst start in National League history when they extend their losing streak to 12 games with a 4-0 loss to Colorado at Wrigley Field. Chicago surpasses the overall Senior Circuit mark of 0-11 established in 1884 by the Detroit Wolverines.
1929: In a ceremony that takes place on Opening Day at five a.m. to avoid crowds, Claire Hodgson becomes the second Mrs. Babe Ruth. The Yankees’ outfielder’s first wife, Julia Woodford, died in a house fire in January.
Friday April 17th: 1953: Mickey Mantle blasts a ‘reported’ 565-foot homer off southpaw Chuck Stobb in the Yankees’ 7-3 victory over Washington at a windy Griffith Stadium. The distance of the historic round-tripper hit by the 21 year-old Yankee outfielder will become the subject of much debate, with later research debunking its original tape measure status.
See you Wednesday April 15th for Jackie Robinson day. If you want to hear about the other events or have anything you want me to discuss feel free to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love feedback!