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 http://www.canadianbaseballnews.com/.
1884 – 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.
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.
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.
1936 – Joe DiMaggio makes his major league debut with the New York Yankees.
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).
1904 –Boston pitcher Cy Young records the first perfect game in American League history.
1915 – Rookie Babe Ruth hits his first major league home run.
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!