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.
1963 The Houston Colt .45s send young Manny Mota to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a prospect and cash. For five years, Mota will be a solid fourth outfielder for the Pirates and an outstanding pinch hitter.
2000 In Tokyo the Mets defeat the Cubs in 11 innings on Benny Agbayani’s pinch-hit grand slam. Rey Ordóñez ends his MLB streak of 101 consecutive errorless games at SS. Stealing second, Rickey Henderson joins Ted Williams as the only MLB players to have a SB in four different decades.
1934 Rabbit Maranville breaks his left leg while sliding home on a double steal in an exhibition game against the New York Yankees. The Boston Braves veteran is out for the season and will play just 23 games next year.
One of the two American League expansion teams announces its nickname. The Kansas City franchise, now known as the “Royals”, will begin play in 1969. Kansas City’s last major league franchise, the Athletics, moved to Oakland after the 1967 season.
2001 The San Diego Padres sign Rickey Henderson and send him to Triple-A to get in shape. For the 42 year-old Henderson, it is his first time in the minors since a three-game rehabilitation 16 years prior. He will play in 123 games for the Padres in ’01 and steal 25 bases.
1954 Rookie Hank Aaron makes his first spring training start for the Milwaukee Braves in an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox. Aaron, taking advantage of an injury suffered by the starting outfielder, raps out three hits, including a home run.