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!