October 23-25, 1884: The first “World Series”

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

April 19, 1890: Debut of the Players League

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

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

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

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…

July 2, 1920: Cardinals get first win at Sportsman’s Park as Doak swashbuckles Pirates

The St. Louis Cardinals’ owner, Sam Breadon, generally shunned…

September 21, 1922: Doc Hamann makes inglorious debut for Indians

After a world championship in 1920 and a tight pennant race with…

June 2, 1925: Gehrig replaces Pipp as Miller Huggins shakes up Yankees lineup

In a ceremony at the White House in May 1925, President Calvin…

July 31, 1932: Lefty Grove shuts out Indians in first game at Cleveland Stadium

“Marvelous. It is the last word in baseball parks. A great…

April 29, 1934: Sunday professional baseball comes to Pittsburgh

In 1794, the legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania…

June 11, 1937: Poffenberger gets best of Grove in debut

The Detroit Tigers found themselves on a nice little four-game…

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

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

June 6, 1958: Ozzie Virgil breaks Detroit Tigers’ color line as first Dominican player in AL

Entering the 1958 season, only two major-league teams – the…
Carl Yastrzemski (TRADING CARD DB)

April 22, 1959: Carl Yastrzemski contributes to win in first pro game for Raleigh

On his first day as a pro, he was listed in the box score as…
Pumpsie Green (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)

July 21, 1959: Pumpsie Green makes his debut with Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox had the opportunity to sign Jackie Robinson…

September 6, 1963: Major League Baseball celebrates 100,000th game

Much of the off-field enjoyment of baseball is connected to the…
Tom Seaver (TRADING CARD DB)

April 13, 1967: Mets win in Tom Seaver’s major-league debut

After starting their 1967 season with a loss, just as they had…

July 11, 1968: Earl Weaver wins his first game as Baltimore Orioles manager

The managerial move was finally made during the All-Star break.…

April 8, 1969: Bienvenue to MLB: Montreal Expos win inaugural game

Montreal mayor Jean Drepeau with (from left) John Bateman, Jim…

April 16, 1977: Montreal Expos earn first win in Olympic Stadium

Despite suffering through a miserable 55-107 campaign the prior…
Vladimir Guerrero (TRADING CARD DB)

September 19, 1996: Vladimir Guerrero debuts, Pedro Martinez strikes out 9 in Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves were one of baseball’s dominant teams of…

July 7, 2005: Jeff Francoeur’s dazzling debut

The Atlanta Braves were grinding down the upstart Washington…

September 30, 2020: Alex Kirilloff becomes the first player to make his major-league debut as a postseason starter

The major leagues’ 2020 pandemic season, with its abbreviated…