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Opening Day Facts
April 19, 1900: The Braves and Phillies produced the National League's highest scoring opener when Boston scored nine in the ninth and went on to defeat Philadelphia 19-17 in 10 innings.

April 25, 1901: In the American League's first game in Detroit, the Tigers scored 10 runs in the ninth inning for a 14-13 victory over Milwaukee.

April 15, 1909: The Dodgers opened at the Giants with the Giants' Leon Ames no-hitting Brooklyn for 9 1/3 innings before the Dodgers beat the right-hander, 3-0, in 13.

April 14, 1910: William Howard Taft became the first president to throw out the ceremonial first ball and Walter Johnson followed by one-hitting the A's, 3-0.

April 20, 1912: The Red Sox christened Fenway Park with a 7-6, 11-inning victory over the Yankees.

April 18, 1923: Babe Ruth opened Yankee Stadium with a two-run homer off Boston's Howard Ehmke to spark the Yankees' 4-1 victory.

April 18, 1925: The Giants downed the Dodgers 7-1, in a Brooklyn opener that was saddened by the death of Dodgers' owner Charles H. Ebbets, who had succumbed to a heart attack that morning at his Waldorf-Astoria apartment.

April 13, 1926: In Washington, the aging Walter Johnnson fanned a dozen when he outlasted Eddie Rommel and the A's, 1-0, in 15 innings.

April 11, 1928: Future Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker are in the starting lineup for the Philadelphia A's, their first game as teammates.

April 17, 1934: Cub's right-hander Lon Warneke one-hit the Reds, 6-0, in Cincinnati.

April 16, 1935: At Boston's Braves Field, Babe Ruth, in his initial NL appearance, homered off Carl Hubbell as the hapless Braves,who went on to win only 37 more games that year, clipped the Giants, 4-2.

April 16, 1940: At Comiskey Park, Cleveland's Bob Feller became the only pitcher ever to pitch an Opening Day no-hitter, beating the White Sox, 1-0.

April 16, 1946: Giants' immortal Mel Ott hit his 511th and final homer off Philadelphia left-hander Oscar Judd at the Polo Grounds.

April 15, 1947: At Ebbets Field, Jackie Robinson, hitless in three official at bats, became the first black to play in the majors as his Dodgers beat the Braves, 5-3.

April 18, 1950: At Fenway Park, the Red Sox, leading 9-0 over the Yankees in the sixth, wound up losing, 14-10. It marked Billy Martin's debut and he celebrated it in a nine-run eighth inning in which he became the first rookie to get two hits in one inning.

April 13, 1953: Max Surkont three-hit the Reds, 3-0, at Cincinnati in the first game played by the Braves following their move from Boston to Milwaukee.

April 15, 1958: In San Francisco's Seals Stadium, the transplanted New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers played the first Major League game in California. The Giants' Ruben Gomez bested Don Drysdale, 8-0.

April 18, 1958: Before 78,672 onlookers, the Dodgers launched Major League Baseball in Los Angeles with Carl Erskine downing the Giants and Al Worthington, 6-5.

April 10, 1959: Nellie Fox, who did not hit a home run in 623 at-bats the previous season, has five hits in seven trips, climaxed by a 14th-inning home run off Detroit's Don Mossi for a 9-7 Chicago White Sox victory.

April 11, 1961: Rookie Carl Yastrzemski banged the first of his 3,318 career hits off Kansas City's Ray Herbert at Fenway Park.

April 6, 1973: A Pittsburgh Opening Day crowd of 51, 695 gathered to retire the late Roberto Clemente's uniform No. 21 as the Pirates downed St. Louis, 7-5. While those ceremonies were going on in Pittsburgh, the Yankees were opening in Boston and the occasion made Ron Blomberg the first designated hitter as he drew a first-inning walk from Luis Tiant. The Bosox won, 15-5.

April 4, 1974: Hank Aaron hits a two-on, first-inning homer off Jack Billingham in Cincinnati to tie Babe Ruth's all-time home run record of 714.

April 8, 1975: At Cleveland, Frank Robinson, debuting as the first black manager in Major League history, powered a first-inning homer as the Indians defeated the Yankees, 5-3.

April 8, 1985: Tom Seaver, pitching for the White Sox, starts against the Milwaukee Brewers to establish a Major League record with his 15th Opening Day start. The previous record was 14, held by Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators.

April 4, 1988: Toronto's George Bell becomes the first player to smack three home runs on Opening Day as he lifts the Blue Jays past the Royals before 40,648 at Kaufman Stadium.

April 4, 1988: Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds each hit two of the New York Mets' Opening Day record six home runs in their 10-6 victory over the Montreal Expos. Kevin Elster and Lenny Dykstra hit the other two for the Mets.

April 3, 1989: Ken Griffey, Jr. doubles in his first Major League at-bat off Oakland's Dave Stewart, but the Mariners fell to the Athletics, 3-2.

April 6, 1992: The Texas Rangers, trailing 8-3, score nine runs in the top of the eighth inning and held on to defeat Seattle, 12-10, before 55,918 Kingdome fans.

April 5, 1993: Late-inning defensive replacement Eric Fox hits a grand slam home run in the bottom of the eighth inning off Detroit's Tom Bolton to give the Oakland Athletics a 9-4 victory before a home crowd of 43,370. It would be Fox's only homer of the season.

April 5, 1993: Greg Maddux, signed as a free agent by the Braves after the 1992 season, allows no runs and scatters five hits over 8 1/3 innings to beat his former team, the Chicago Cubs, 1-0.

April 5, 1993: Major League Baseball's two newest expansion teams, the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies begin their inaugural season of play, as the Marlins beat the Dodgers, 6-3, behind the pitching of Charlie Hough, and the Rockies fell to the Mets, 3-0, at Shea Stadium.

April 4, 1994: Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes goes 4-for-4 and hits three solo home runs off New York Mets' pitchers Dwight Gooden and John Franco, but the Cubs lost the game, 12-8, at Wrigley Field.

April 26, 1995: Toronto scores 11 runs in the second inning and goes on to defeat the Oakland Athletics, 13-1.

April 26, 1995: The Rockies and Mets open Coors Field with an offensive barrage of 20 runs and 33 hits as Colorado won, 11-9, in 14 innings. Colorado outfielder Dante Bichette won the game with a one-out home run in the 14th.

April 1, 1996: The New York Mets rallied from a 6-0 deficit to post a 7-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the biggest Opening Day comeback this century.

April 1, 1997: San Diego, sparked by back-to-back-to-back home runs by Chris Gomez, Rickey Henderson and Quilvio Veras, scored 11 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on its way to a 12-5 victory over the New York Mets. The 11 runs were the most scored in one inning of an Opening Day game this century.

March 31, 1998: The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks, Major League Baseball's two newest expansion franchises, were both defeated in the inaugural games. The Devil Rays lost to Detroit 11-6 at Tropicana Field while the Diamondbacks fell to the Colorado Rockies 9-6 at Bank One Ballpark.

March 31, 1998: The Milwaukee Brewers, who became the first team since the inception of the American League in 1901 to switch leagues, lost their first game in the National League to the Atlanta Braves, 2-1 at Turner Field.

April 4, 1999: The Colorado Rockies defeated the San Diego Padres, 8-2, in the season-opening game at Monterrey Stadium in Mexico. It was the first time in history that Major League Baseball opened its season outside the United States or Canada.

March 29, 2000: The Chicago Cubs defeated the New York Mets, 5-3, in the first game of the Japan Opening Series 2000 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. It marked the first time in Major League Baseball history that a regular season game was played outside North America.

April 3, 2000: Six players had multi-homer games on Opening Day to establish a new Opening Day record. Shannon Stewart, Tony Batista, Jason Giambi, Gabe Kapler, Ivan Rodriguez and Vladimir Guerrero all connected twice for their respective clubs. The previous record of four was set on Opening Day in 1988.

April 1, 2001: Major League Baseball opened its regular season outside the United States and Canada for the third consecutive year as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers, 8-1, at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

April 2, 2001: New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens struck out five batters in a 7-3 win over Kansas City at Yankee Stadium and surpassed Walter Johnson's American League record of 3,508 career strikeouts.

April 2, 2001: Tim Raines of the Montreal Expos pinch-hit in an Opening Day victory over the Chicago Cubs and became the 24th player to appear in four decades during his Major League career.

March 31, 2003: President George W. Bush throws out the first pitch at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

March 31, 2003: Great American Ballpark opens in Cincinnati.

April 6, 2004: President George W. Bush throws out first pitch at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

April 4, 2004:Vice President Dick Cheney throws out first pitch at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

April 4, 2004: Citizens Bank Ballpark opens in Philadelphia.

April 4, 2004: PETCO Park opens in San Diego.

April 4, 2005: President George W. Bush throws out first pitch at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.

April 3, 2006: President George W. Bush throws out first pitch at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati

April 11, 2006: Vice President Dick Cheney throws out first pitch at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.

April 10, 2006: Busch Stadium opens in St. Louis.

March 31, 2008: President George W. Bush throws out first pitch at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.

March 31, 2008: Nationals Park opens in Washington D.C.