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This day in baseball: Baseball's father is born

Considered the “father of baseball” by many, Alexander Cartwright was born on April 17, 1820 in New York City.  Cartwright would go on to codify the first set of written baseball rules, known as the “Knickerbocker Rules” or the “Cartwright Rules,” for the game as we know it today.  13 more words

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This day in baseball: Presidential first pitch

William Howard Taft became the first United States President to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on April 14, 1910 at American League Park in Washington, D.C.   41 more words

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This day in baseball: The statement heard 'round the baseball world

On April 10, 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey issued a press statement during the sixth inning of an exhibition game against their minor league affiliate, the Montreal Royals.  24 more words

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The first legal, professional baseball game featured a matchup between the Phillies and the A’s on April 8, 1934.  15,000 fans looked on as the Phillies won 8-1 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.  29 more words

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This day in baseball: The first DH

On April 6, 1973 at Boston’s Fenway Park, New York Yankee Ron Blomberg became Major League history’s first designated hitter.  In his first at-bat, Blomberg drew a bases-loaded walk off Luis Tiant in the first inning.   34 more words

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This day in baseball: Luck of the draw

In 1966, University of Southern California pitcher Tom Seaver signed a contract with Atlanta’s Richmond farm team.  Baseball Commissioner William Eckert voided the contract, however, due to Seaver’s having played two exhibition games already with USC.   89 more words

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This day in baseball: Early start

Today is Opening Day for a lot of teams around baseball (including my beloved Royals, starting things off in Detroit).  Major League Baseball hasn’t always started seasons in March, however.   34 more words

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