On this Date – April 20

  1. 1912 – The Boston Red Sox play the first game in the history of Fenway Park. The Red Sox open up with an 11-inning, 7-6 victory over the New York Highlanders. Tris Speaker delivered the walkoff RBI.
  2. 1912 – In Detroit, the Tigers play their first game in Navin Field, later to known as Tiger Stadium, defeating Cleveland, 6-5. The ballpark at the corner Trumbull and Michigan, served as the team’s home for the next 87 years.
  3. 1916 – In Chicago, the Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park beating the Reds in 11 innings, 7-6. The ballpark will be renamed Wrigley Field in 1926.
  4. 1939 – Ted Williams made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox. Williams struck out in his first major league at bat, but in 9,791 plate appearances in his career, he only struck out 709 times.
  5. 1967 – Tom Seaver of the New York Mets recorded his first major league victory topping the Cubs, 6-1. Tom Terrific goes 7.2 innings and gives up eight hits and one run. He won 311 games in his great career.
  6. 1973 – Four months after his death, in a special election, Pittsburgh Pirates great Roberto Clemente is inducted into the Hall of Fame.
  7. 1987 – The Milwaukee Brewers win their 13th consecutive game to start the season, matching the Atlanta Braves of 1982 for the best start in major league history. Robin Yount drove home the winning run in the 7th as the American League Brewers defeated the Chicago White Sox, 5-4.
  8. 1988 – The Baltimore Orioles lose to the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6 and set a major league record by losing their 14th consecutive game to start the season. This topped (bottomed?) the 1904 Washington Senators and the 1920 Detroit Tigers for the worst start in major league history. This season doesn’t seem so bad does it Orioles fans?
  9. 1991 – Maxine Effenson and Bill Chuck are married happily becoming Mr. & Mrs. Billy-Ball