This date in baseball

Posted: April 16, 2013 at 2:24 a.m.

1929 Cleveland’s Earl Averill became the first American League player to hit a home run in his first major league plate appearance. 1935 Babe Ruth, 40, made a sensational National League debut in Boston. His single and home run off Carl Hubbell led the Braves over the Giants 4-2. 1940 Bob Feller of Cleveland defeated the Chicago White Sox 1-0 in the only opening day no-hitter in major league history. 1948 WGN-TV televised a baseball game for the first time. It was an exhibition game at Wrigley Field with Jack Brickhouse doing the play-by-play. The White Sox defeated the Cubs 4-1. 1978 Bob Forsch of the St. Louis Cardinals no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0. Less than a year later, Bob’s brother, Houston Astros pitcher Ken Forsch, pitched a no-hitter against Atlanta. They are the only brothers to throw no-hitters. 1984 Dave Kingman of the Oakland A’s hit three home runs, including a grand slam, in his first three at-bats. In total, he drove in eight runs in a 9-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners. 1997 The C

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