Organized Baseball’s Night Birth

By Mark Metcalf

This article was published in the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal.

The first night game in the history of Organized Baseball took place in Independence, Kansas, on April 28, 1930, some five years before the first MLB night game. This fundamentally changed the future of the game, and possibly even saved minor league baseball. The first night game in the history of Organized Baseball took place in Independence, Kansas, on April 28, 1930. The Independence Producers, a Class C team in the Western Association, had installed permanent lights on their field, . . .

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