1962 Pedro Ramos of the Cleveland Indians pitches a three-hitter and hits two home runs, including a grand slam, for a 7 – 0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader at Memorial Park. Cleveland will win the second game by the identical score.
In 47-degree chill, Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians hurls the first and thus far only Opening Day no-hitter in MLB history. He beats Eddie Smith of the Chicago White Sox in a 1 – 0 decision at Comiskey Park. During one at-bat, White Sox star Luke Appling fouls off 15 straight pitches, but fails to get a hit.
Cleveland Indians release former NL standout pitcher Don Newcombe, ending his major league career. A one-time hard thrower, Newcombe won the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards while with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He won 153 MLB games, 4 of them as a teenager with the Newark Eagles.
1949 The 1940s is the only decade in MLB history in which no new stadiums are built. After the Cleveland Indians opened Cleveland Stadium in 1932, no new ballpark will be opened until Milwaukee County Stadium is unveiled by the Braves in 1953.
The White Sox send fan favorite Minnie Minoso and IF Fred Hatfield to the Indians for P Early Wynn and OF Al Smith. Wynn, coming off his first losing season, will rebound with the ChiSox, topping the AL in wins and innings next season.
Orioles outfielder Frank Robinson hits the only ball ever completely out of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. The shot clears the left-field single-deck grandstand’s rear wall, 451-feet away, going an estimated 541 feet. The hit comes off Indians hurler Luis Tiant. Tiant had pitched 27 scoreless innings in a row prior to the shot.
1934 The Cleveland Indians sign former Washington Senators 19-year OF Sam Rice for the upcoming season. He will bat .293 in 335 at-bats for the Indians, but fall 13 hits shy of the 3,000 mark before retiring. Rice will win election to the Hall of Fame in 1963.