An earlier version of this story was published in 2019.
With the first big snowstorm of the year hitting the Northeast this week, promising to blanket the region under a mountain of slush, it's a reminder that winter is really here. It's also the opposite of what you'd call ideal baseball conditions. But while the current outdoors situation doesn't exactly scream baseball, there have been MLB games played in some pretty gnarly wintery weather before. Let's take a look at some of the frostiest moments in baseball history.
Skiing at Fenway Park
Back in 1953, Opening Day was postponed in Boston when a huge snowstorm made Fenway Park unplayable. Red Sox pitcher Mel Parnell, who was supposed to take the mound on Opening Day, took the field in skiis and got his tosses in with snowballs instead.
Using a helicopter to clear snow
A big blizzard in Milwaukee delayed the start of the 1972 season for the Brewers. In order to clear all the snow from the bleachers, the team used a helicopter to whip all that white powder away. Maybe that's why the team wised up and built themselves a roofed stadium.
Welcome to the big leagues
These days, the Blue Jays play in the domed Rogers Centre, but that wasn't always the case. Toronto used to call the roofless Exhibition Park home, and the team's inaugural game in 1977 was threatened by some classic Canada snow. But because so many fans had already showed up, the game went on as planned.
World Series winter wonderland
Snowy weather usually tends to be more of an issue around the beginning of the season than the end of it, but the 1997 World Series in Cleveland was a notable exception. A wintery mix fluttered its way down from the heavens during batting practice before Game 4 of the Series, which was played at an official temperature of 38 degrees, the coldest in World Series history.
Can't even see
Orioles manager Mike Hargrove looks understandably displeased about having to play through those conditions, and it didn't help that the umpires only delayed the game after the opposing Indians pushed across a run. Things didn't get too heated (get it?) and Hargrove avoided what probably would have been the first "snowjection" in baseball history.
Snow problems, no problem
Few things are less appealing than black New York City snow. Luckily the Yankees play on a grass field and not dirty asphalt, so while their 1996 home opener was chilly and wet, it didn't have the gross, street-stained snow chunks that you usually see around the city in the winter.
Do you wanna build a snowman?
Fernando Rodney eats snow
As the son of a fisherman in the Dominican Republic, it's doubtful Rodney had much experience with snowfall as a kid. Perhaps that's why on April 4, 2018, in just his second appearance as a Twin, the wonderfully capricious closer playfully attempted to gobble up some snowflakes in between pitches.