Carlos Bernier (TRADING CARD DB)

April 22, 1953: Carlos Bernier breaks color line in debut with Pittsburgh Pirates

Carlos Bernier’s game-changing speed fueled the native Puerto…
Carlos Paula (THE TOPPS COMPANY)

September 6, 1954: Carlos Paula integrates the Washington Senators

The game appeared to be merely the first in a meaningless,…
Monte Irvin and Hank Thompson (TRADING CARD DB)

July 8, 1949: Hank Thompson, Monte Irvin debut for Giants in loss to Dodgers

“I think these two fellows can help us make some money and…

September 13, 1953: Bob Trice becomes first Black player on Philadelphia A’s

“Bob Trice has richly earned this reward,” proclaimed Ottawa…
Elston Howard (TRADING CARD DB)

April 14, 1955: Elston Howard integrates the Yankees

By the dawn of the 1955 season, the New York Yankees were one…

July 17, 1955: Don Bessent completes Dodgers’ debut sweep of Redlegs

“Sometimes it doesn’t pay to get out of bed. The Reds found…

September 28, 1947: Curt Simmons has a blazing debut for Phillies at age 18

The death of pitcher Bob Miller in September 2020 left only one…
Harmon Killebrew (TRADING CARD DB)

August 23, 1954: Harmon Killebrew goes 3-for-4 in first start for Senators

Harmon Killebrew’s first major-league start hinted at a career…
1955 Kansas City Athletics yearbook (COURTESY OF STEPHEN V. RICE)

April 12, 1955: Connie Mack, Harry Truman see Athletics win in Kansas City debut

“Getting the American league franchise formerly held by Philadelphia…
1954 Baltimore Orioles program (COURTESY OF THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES)

April 15, 1954: Orioles return to Baltimore after 52 years

The streets of Baltimore were jam-packed with an estimated 350,000…

September 17, 1953: Ernie Banks breaks color barrier for Cubs

It’s not so much what Ernie Banks did on Thursday, September…

April 13, 1953: Max Surkont spins shutout in Milwaukee Braves’ first game

A month before Opening Day 1953, the Cincinnati Reds were expecting…

May 6, 1953: Bobo Holloman throws a no-hitter in his first major-league start

Before the 1953 season, pitcher Alva "Bobo" Holloman predicted…

August 27, 1955: Teenage Sandy Koufax strikes out 14 in first big-league win

Brooklyn Dodgers skipper Walter “Smoky” Alston was on edge.…

August 3, 1948: Satchel Paige’s first major-league start

The old saying “timing is everything” has been proved true…

May 25, 1951: Willie Mays makes his major-league debut with Giants

On May 25, 1951, the New York Giants were in the final stop of…