This Week in Baseball History

They keep announcing interesting baseball history facts during the Orioles’ games on TV, so I thought I’d mention a few here.  All facts are from

May 1
 – Moses Fleetwood Walker is the first black player to appear in a MLB game, when the American Association’s Toledo Blue Stockings play the Louisville Eclipse.

1926 – Satchel Paige makes his professional debut at age 19 as a pitcher for Chattanooga in the Negro Southern League. 

1951 – Minnie Minoso makes his Chicago White Sox debut, becoming the first black player in franchise history. 

1960 –Comiskey Park’s new scoreboard explodes for the first time when Al Smith hits a home run.

May 2
1876 – Ross Barnes of the Chicago White Stockings hits the first home run in National League history. 

1920 – The first game of the National Negro Baseball League is played in Indianapolis, Indiana.

1923 – Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators pitches in his 100th career shutout against the New York Yankees.

1939 – Lou Gehrig’s 2130 consecutive games played streak ends.

May 3
1936 – Joe DiMaggio makes his major league debut with the New York Yankees. 

May 4
1869 – The Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team, play their first game.

1975 –Houston’s Bob Watson scores the 1 millionth home run in MLB history (the first run scored was by Philadelphia’s Wes Fisler on April 22, 1876). 

May 5
1904 –Boston pitcher Cy Young records the first perfect game in American League history.

May 6
1915 – Rookie Babe Ruth hits his first major league home run. 

May 7
1940 – The Brooklyn Dodgers are the first National League team to fly, traveling by air from St. Louis to Chicago.

There’s just so much to celebrate!  Enjoy!



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