TODAY IN HISTORY BASEBALL APRIL 9

1912       In the first game ever played at Fenway Park, the Red Sox beat Harvard, 2-0, in an abbreviated exhibition contest played on a cold and snowy afternoon in front of 3,000 hardy fans. Crimson third baseman and captain Dana Wingate, a sophomore from Winchester,...

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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY APRIL 5

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. 1925      Babe Ruth collapses at a...

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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY APRIL 4

1911      The Most Valuable Player award is introduced and sponsored by Hugh Chalmers, an auto manufacturer. The first winners of the MVP, selected by a vote of one baseball writer representing each franchise in the league, will be Tigers' outfielder Ty Cobb and Frank...

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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY APRIL 1

1914      Rube Waddell, who once struck out a record 349 batters in one season, dies of tuberculosis at the age of 37. The eccentric Hall of Fame right-hander compiled a 193-143 (.574) record along with an ERA of 2.16 during his 13 seasons with the Colonels, A's,...

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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1948      At Ebbets Field No. 2, the Dodgers play their first exhibition game at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, which will remain the team's home for 61 years. Amidst much fanfare, including Governor Millard Caldwell throwing the ceremonial first pitch, Jackie Robinson...

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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY MARCH 30

1922      A frail-looking Christy Mathewson, who served as class president in 1899, is elected as Bucknell's "B" Club first president. The beloved future Hall of Famer, who will die prematurely in 1925 from tuberculosis after being accidentally gassed in a training...

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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY MARCH 29

              1933      After missing half of last season when he broke his leg, Cubs outfielder Kiki Cuyler breaks his other leg and will miss nearly three months of this season. The 36 year-old future Hall of Famer has led the league in stolen bases four times and...

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NEWEST BASEBALL PHENOM OR BUST?

          NEWEST BASEBALL PHENOM OR BUST? Thursday the baseball world (at least in the U.S) will get a look at what some believe is the next great baseball prospect, LA Angels pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani. Early indications from spring training say Ohtani may struggle....

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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY-MARCH 28

1913      The Browns trade Buzzy Wares to the Montgomery Rebels in exchange for the rent-free use of the minor league's team stadium during spring training. The Southern Association Class-A team will return the 26 year-old infielder to St. Louis later in the season....

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