Play Ball! It's O's Opening Day!

Let's Go Baltimore Orioles!

It’s the O's home opener today – the official start of baseball here in Baltimore and a true sign that spring has arrived!  To celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of fun and interesting facts about Opening Day, Major League Baseball, and our beloved Baltimore Orioles. 

·       1876 was the first official Opening Day, held in Cincinnati, Ohio.

·       Opening Day 1907 for the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Phillis

·       William H. Taft was the first president to throw the first pitch on the 1st day of baseball season in 1910. 

·       Taft missed throwing the Opening Day pitch in 1912 due to the Titanic shipwreck.

·       April 16, 1940 was the only Opening Day no-hitter in Major League history.  Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians pitched the no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox.

·       On Opening Day, 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play for a Major League team as first basemen for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

·       Every US president since Taft has thrown at least one first pitch on Opening Day, except for Jimmy Carter.  Harry S. Truman threw both left-handed and right-handed pitches on his Opening Day pitchon April 18, 1950.

·       Ken Griffey, Jr., Adam Dunn, and Frank Robinson share the record for the most home runs on Opening Day with eight homers each. 

·       The first US President to own a Major League team was George W. Bush.  He owned the Texas Rangers.

·       Baltimore Orioles Chris Davis, Mike Soukup and others are true hometown heroes!  They assisted in saving a man from an overturned truck on Southbound 295 in September 2014. 

·       10 Baltimore Orioles were born in the city of Baltimore, 23 in the state of Maryland.

·       The Baltimore Orioles have had 17 different Gold Glove award winners, 67 different all-stars, and 13 Hall of Famers. 

·       Only 7 uniform numbers have been worn by only 1 player, and number 8 isn’t one of them!

o   66 – LHP TJ McFarland

o   68 – RHP Alex Burnett

o   72 – CA Robert Machado

o   78 – CA Guillermo Rodriguez

o   81 – INF Mike Moriarty

o   83 – INF Justin Turner

o   87 – INF Howie Clark

·       There have been 9 different logos for the Baltimore Orioles from 1954 to present day.

·       Ken Griffey, Jr. was the first ball player to hit a home run to the Warehouse on July 12, 1993.

·       Chris Davis has hit 8 homeruns onto Eutaw Street since 2012.

We’re looking to another great season, Orioles!  Let’s play ball!

 

Sources Consulted:

www.history.com

www.ibtimes.com

masnsports.com

Baltimore.orioles.mlb.com