August 10, 1981: Cal Ripken Jr. makes his major-league debut

Monday, August 10, may well have been the most important day…
Tony Gwynn (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)

July 19, 1982: Tony Gwynn records two hits in his major-league debut for Padres

As the sun rose over San Diego on July 19, 1982, San Diego Padres…

June 23, 1984: The Sandberg Game

The Chicago Cubs were struggling. For the first two months of…

April 8, 1986: Will Clark produces thrill in major-league debut

Will Clark acquired his nickname, “The Thrill,” shortly after…

August 9, 1988: Cubs win first official night game at Wrigley Field

After rain washed out the Chicago Cubs’ initial attempt at…

April 3, 1989: Ken Griffey Jr. makes major-league debut for Mariners

The Seattle Mariners’ Opening Day 1989 turned out to be a special…

June 5, 1989: Blue Jays play first game in SkyDome

When Ontario Premier David Peterson aimed a laser pointer upward…

August 4, 1991: Mike Mussina tosses 4-hitter in MLB debut, but Orioles lose 1-0

On August 4, 1991, a sellout crowd of 41,0591 packed into Comiskey…

April 9, 1993: A Rocky Mountain high on Opening Day in Colorado

After decades of waiting, Denver would finally have a major-league…

September 17, 1993: Expos fans shower Curtis Pride with cheers after first hit

Baseball fans feel many emotions during the course of a game.…

April 4, 1994: Indians open Jacobs Field in style with extra-inning win

A new day dawned in Cleveland Indians baseball on April 4, 1994.…
Chipper Jones (TRADING CARD DB)

October 3, 1995: Chipper Jones homers twice in postseason debut for Braves

The first National League Division Series in major-league history…

May 6, 1998: Kerry Wood ties major league record with 20 strikeouts

One of the great things about baseball is that fans never know…

April 8, 2001: CC Sabathia overcomes rocky start in major-league debut

CC Sabathia strode to the mound at Jacobs Field on a bright and…

April 8, 2004: Padres walk off in first game at Petco Park

Coming into the 2004 season the Padres had played 2,775 regular-season…

April 4, 2005: Washington Nationals lose debut game to Phillies

It was a few minutes after 4 P.M. on September 29, 2004, and…
Livan Hernandez (THE TOPPS COMPANY)

April 14, 2005: 'Baseball is back in Washington, DC!' as Nationals win home opener

There is graduation pomp and circumstance. There is Opening Day…

July 7, 2005: Jeff Francoeur's dazzling debut

The Atlanta Braves were grinding down the upstart Washington…