1969 Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati Reds strikes out 13 en route to a 10 – 0 no-hitter over the Houston Astros at Crosley Field. Bobby Tolan has four RBI in support of Maloney, who records his second career no-hitter.
1956 Cincinnati Reds rookie Frank Robinson hits the first of his 586 lifetime home runs. The 20-year-old Robinson connects against Paul Minner of the Chicago Cubs, helping Cincinnati to a 9 – 1 victory.
1957 The Chicago Cubs set a National League record by walking nine batters in the 5th inning of a 9 – 5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Moe Drabowsky walks four batters, Jackie Collum issues three free passes, and Jim Brosnan two
1936 In his first start of the season, “King” Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants pitches a three-hit shutout against the Boston Bees. For Hubbell, it is his 17th straight win dating back to July 17, 1935.
1939 The Boston Red Sox show off their prize rookie Ted Williams before 30,278 in their opener at Yankee Stadium, delayed two days because of rain. After striking out twice, Williams collects a double off New York Yankees pitcher Red Ruffing.
1947 The Brooklyn Dodgers win 12 – 6 over the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field, as Jackie Robinson gets his first major league hit, a bunt single, off Glenn Elliott. Robinson will bunt 42 times, collecting 19 hits, during the season.
1968 The New York Mets and Houston Astros play the longest game in NL history. The 6-hour and 6-minute contest, in which each team has 79 at-bats and 11 hits, ends in the 24th inning as Bob Aspromonte’s grounder goes through the legs of shortstop Al Weis as the Astros win, 1 – 0.
1966 Before a crowd of 50,671 at Fulton County Stadium, the Braves play their first game in Atlanta after moving from Milwaukee. Joe Torre hits two home runs for the Braves, but Willie Stargell spoils the occasion with a two-run homer in the 13th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3 – 2 victory.
1962 U.S. President John F. Kennedy throws out the first ball to open the baseball season at new District of Columbia Stadium. Despite rain, a record Washington crowd of 42,143 shows up to see Senators pitcher Bennie Daniels stop Detroit with a five-hit, 4 – 1 victory.