May 2, 1874: Cal McVey leads Red Stockings to an Opening Day victory

Mother Nature and Old Man Winter were not yet in a “base ball”…

April 22, 1876: A new age begins with inaugural National League game

It is perhaps fitting that the National League played its first…

April 22, 1891: The storm after the rain: Cubs get best of Pirates on Opening Day

Surely, preparation would not be an issue for Pittsburgh’s…

April 18, 1895: Phillies stand up to rowdy Orioles on Opening Day

The Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles were a study…
Cy Young (CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM)

May 8, 1901: Boston wins first home game in Red Sox franchise history

“The diamond shone in the sun like a great canvas of freshly…

April 11, 1907: Reds celebrate a 'grand' Opening Day with win over Pirates

By 1907, Opening Day was one of the grand sporting and social…

April 14, 1910: Walter Johnson impresses President Taft on Opening Day

On Opening Day, April 14, 1910, more than 14,000 fans filled…
Navin Field, 1912 (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)

April 20, 1912: Frank Navin's field of dreams opens in Detroit

The first game to be played at Navin Field was scheduled for…

April 23, 1914: Chicago Feds open Weeghman Park, later known as Wrigley Field

The Federal League Kansas City Packers and Chicago Chi-Feds played…
Babe Ruth (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)

April 12, 1916: Babe Ruth’s throwing error costs him an Opening Day shutout

The Boston Red Sox opened their 1916 season at home. They were…

April 20, 1916: Chicago Cubs play their first game at Wrigley Field

During the 2017 baseball season, the Chicago Cubs surpassed 8,000…

April 15, 1918: Truck Hannah debuts against Walter Johnson on Opening Day

Only 17 men born in North Dakota have appeared in a major-league…

April 16, 1918: Reds' Pete Schneider tosses one-hitter on Opening Day

It was the “first opening game since our energies have been…
Babe Ruth, 1921 (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)

April 13, 1921: Babe Ruth opens Yankees' season with 5-for-5 'one-handed' performance

Babe Ruth opened the New York Yankees’ 1921 season by hitting…

April 13, 1921: Reds surge in eighth inning, beat Pirates on Opening Day

The Cincinnati Reds had endured a rough winter. Confessions of…

April 21, 1921: Sam Jones shuts out Senators in Red Sox home opener

Sad Sam Jones had won the season opener for the Red Sox with…