Who was the first President to toss an opening day first pitch??
On the first day of the 1910 season, William Howard Taft became the first president to throw the ceremonial first pitch.
1912 saw a riot between which two bitter rivals on opening day??
Brooklyn’s Washington Park was the scene of an Opening Day riot on April 11, 1912. With the Brooklyn Dodgers down 18-3 to their rival, the New York Giants, fans stormed the field and delayed the game, which was eventually called on account of darkness in the sixth inning.
What Cleveland Indians Hall of Famer tossed a one-hitter on opening day 1940??
There has only been one no-hitter in Opening Day history. Cleveland pitcher Bob Feller, then just 21 years old, threw it against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park on April 16, 1940.
Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier on opening day of which season??
The 28-year-old made his debut at Ebbets Field, playing first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
What President tossed out both left and right handed opening day first pitches in 1950??
Harry Truman was the only president to throw out left-handed and right-handed first pitches on Opening Day. He showcased his ambidextrous talents on April 18, 1950.
On opening day 1974 what slugger hit a home run tying a legendary North American sports record??
Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 714th home run on Opening Day in 1974, tying Babe Ruth for most career homers. He beat Ruth’s record later that week and reached 755 by the end of this career. Aaron’s record was not eclipsed until Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run in 2007
What two baseball greats share the record (8) for most opening day home runs??
Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr. share the record for most career home runs on the first day of the season, with eight Opening Day homers each.
This Hall of Fame pitcher holds the record for most starts on opening day (Post World War II), terrific??
Hall of Famer Tom Seaver has started the most Opening Day games in history—11 for the Mets, three for the Reds and two for the White Sox.
What Hall of Fame pitcher threw nine shut outs on opening day??
Johnson hurled a record nine shutouts with a nine and five (9-5) overall record.
Which team was given the honor of hosting openers every season from 1876-1989, (discounting two seasons with rainouts)??
Major League Baseball's first officially recognized franchise the Cincinnati Reds were historically awarded the privilege of 'opening the Openers' and hosted the outings from 1876-1989. Only twice during this time (1877 and 1966) were they forced to debut on the road due to rain.
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