July 23, 1870: The first 'Chicago' game

Given the powerhouse teams that represented the Windy City in…

April 6, 1871: Boston Red Stockings take the field for the first time

“Well, back in 1871, my great-great-grandmother had a boardinghouse…

June 2, 1879: Lee Richmond’s no-hit debut

When the National Association’s last place Worcester club sent…

June 21, 1879: The cameo of William Edward White

An answer commonly given to the question of who was the first…

September 29, 1880: Metropolitan club opens new Polo Grounds with a win

The first professional baseball game played in Manhattan took…

May 2, 1882: The Beer and Whiskey League: Day One

The inaugural American Association season opened on May 2, 1882,…

May 1, 1883: Mickey Welch wins first game in New York Giants franchise history

Two major-league teams based in New York City debuted in 1883.…

May 1, 1884: Fleet Walker’s major-league debut

Although the misconception has long been debunked by baseball…

October 23-25, 1884: The first "World Series"

This chapter is not about a single game. Instead, it is about…

August 14, 1888: Tim Keefe finally loses and "Casey at the Bat" premieres

The record for consecutive games won by a pitcher in a single…

April 19, 1890: Debut of the Players League

The Players League opened the 1890 season with seven of eight…

August 6, 1890: Farm boy Cy Young arrives in major leagues

“You ought to have seen it. Mr. Young, formerly of Canton,…

June 27, 1893: Chicago welcomes Brooklyn to World's Fair and new ballpark

“With the dedication ceremonies of the World’s Columbian…

April 26, 1901: Baltimore Orioles win home opener in a new major league

In late January of 1901, American League President Ban Johnson…

April 19, 1902: Reds rookie Bob Ewing walks seven in one inning of MLB debut

After a last-place finish in 1901, the Cincinnati Reds began…

May 16, 1902: Hoy vs. Taylor: Two deaf players match up in major leagues

May 16, 1902, is noted for an occasion that has never since been…

June 29, 1905: Moonlight Graham’s only major-league game

If not for W.P. Kinsella, it’s likely that Archibald "Moonlight"…

June 30, 1909: Forbes Field, Pirates' house of thrills, celebrates Opening Day

It was a brilliant day for a ballgame. The skies were clear and…

September 22, 1911: Rookie Conwell's inglorious debut

On September 22, 1911, three rookies made their major league…

April 12, 1912: Cincinnati's Redland Field hosts its first game

The Cincinnati Reds started the 1912 season in a new venue, one…