Sunday, May 16, 2010

Today In History

For as long as the game has been played, some events occur that do not seem to be all that important at first, but the effects of which go on to either be placed in the record books, or change the face of baseball.

1897 - The Cleveland Spiders attempt to play their first Sunday baseball game. Police interrupted the game in the first inning intent on shutting it down. Both Washington and Cleveland fans were refunded their fifty cents ticket cost. The first Sunday game played was in 1892 with Cincinnati defeating St. Louis, 5-1. Sunday games were still frowned upon as late as 1917, when the Cincinnati Reds played the New York Giants at Polo Grounds in an August benefit game. Proceeds from the game were going to support troops heading off to France during World War I. Christy Mathewson and John McGraw were brought up on charges of violating Sunday Blue Laws in New York. These charges were dropped two days later.

1939 - The Philadelphia A's fall to the Cleveland Indians, 3-8. This 10 inning game, played in Shibe Park, was the first night game played in American League history. The first night game was held in Cincinnati on May 24, 1935, where the Reds defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.

1957 - Yankees hothead Billy Martin is given a birthday party at the Copacabana in Manhattan. What should have been a pleasant celebration of the second baseman's 29th birthday descends into a fracas, resulting in many Yankees, including Mickey Mantle and Hank Bauer, being fined. Martin would be traded to Kansas City in June, partially due to this event.

1965 - 19 year old Orioles pitcher, Jim Palmer, wins his first major league game against the Yankees in a 7-5 contest. Palmer also hits his first of three home runs during this game.


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