April 18, 1946 - Jackie Robinson

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April 18

 Yes it took until April 18th before featuring Jackie Robinson, but it won't be the last time. The picture above is priceless and the moment occurred on April 18th, 1946.
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April 17, 1951 - Bob Sheppard

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April 17

 Known as the Voice of God, Bob Sheppard started his 51-year run as the Public Address Announcer for the New York Yankees on April 17, 1951. Click the link to find out how much Sheppard was paid in those early years.

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April 16, 1929 - Teams wear numbers

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April 16

 

These days the number on the back of the uniform often has meaning beyond its one or two digits, carefully selected by a player to represent an important date or to honor a previous player. Numbers have not always been a staple of the uniform. Click the link to find out when and why players started wearing numbers. And to find out which team was first, the answer might surprise you.
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April 15, 1947 - Hank Greenberg

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April 15

 

Even though this episode is about Hank Greenberg the Pittsburgh Pirate, it seemed only right to post a picture of Hank Greenberg the Detroit Tiger, the team where he spent the bulk of his career.  Click the link to hear the story

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April 14, 1949 - Bobo Newsom

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April 14

On April 14, 1949 Bobo Newsom signed to play with the Washington Senators.  Click the audio player below to hear what made this decision so unique.
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April 12, 1916 - Tris Speaker

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April 12
Tris Speaker and his owner Joe Lannin were fighting in a dispute that ended in the star being sent to another team.  Click the link to hear the story.
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April 13, 1914 - Federal League

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April 13

Have you ever wondered what baseball would be like with a third major league? It actually has happened before, in 1914 when the Federal League joined the American and National Leagues. Click the link to hear the story.
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April 12, 1931 - Joe McCarthy

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April 12 

Joe McCarthy never played in the big leagues, but he spent a lifetime managing there. On April 12, 1931 McCarthy made his New York Yankees managerial debut after departing from the Chicago Cubs. McCarthy managed from 1926 to 1950. Click the link to hear more of his story.
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April 11, 1961 - Carl Yastrzemski

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April 11

Carl Yastrzemski made his Major League Baseball debut on April 11, 1961. Despite attending Notre Dame on a basketball scholarship, Yaz ended up having a remarkable professional baseball career. The 18-time all-star played his entire career with the Boston Red Sox. Click the link to hear more of his story.

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April 10, 2003 - Craig Biggio

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April 10


 Craig Biggio, the Houston Astros best ever all-around position player was also great at getting on base in a variety of ways. On April 10th, 2003 Biggio hit his 31st career leadoff home run. That number still today places Biggio third on the all-time list for most career leadoff long balls.
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April 9, 1965 - Astrodome


April 9


 On April 9, 1965 the first exhibition game was played at the Harris County Domed Stadium, before the start of the season on April 10th. Click the audio link to hear what all went on that day and enjoy the youtube video as well as it explains just how grand this Stadium was in 1965.
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April 8, 1989 - Jim Abbott

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April 8
On April 8, 1989 Jim Abbott began his ten year career in Major League Baseball..  Truly a unique story.  Hear the rest by clicking the link below.
Born on this day:
Felix Hernandez - 1986
Carlos Santana -  1986
Chris Ianetta - 1983
Gary Carter (HOF) - 1954
Catfish Hunter (HOF) - 1946
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April 8, 1963 - Denny McLain

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April 8

Denny McLain may have at times been over-the-top and outspoken to the point of turning off some fans ability to like him, but he won ball games. At least early on in his career anyway. He won 131 big league games, click the link to hear more of his story.
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April 7, 1984 - Jack Morris

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April 7
On April 7, 1984 Jack Morris pitched a no-hitter, the first for the Tigers since 1958.  Click the link below to hear more.
Additional Baseball History Moments on April 7:
1969 - Ted Williams manages his first game
2000 - Wade Boggs has his jersey number retired by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Born on this day:
Adrian Beltre - 1979
Ronnie Belliard - 1975
Bobby Doerr (HOF) - 1918
John McGraw (HOF) - 1873
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