1846: First Organized Baseball Game
On this date 173 years ago, the first organized baseball game was played. The New York Knickerbockers played against the New York Nine in a public game that used Cartwright’s rules. The Nine defeated the Knickerbockers by a score of 23-1 at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey.
1941-42: Joe DiMaggio has Very Different Games
In 1941, Joe Dimaggio had a 3-for-3 day at the plate, including a home run. This extended his hitting streak to 32 consecutive games, helping lead to his infamous 56-game hitting streak. The Yankees won this game over the White Sox 7-2.
The same day one year later in 1942 was a lot different for Joltin’ Joe. In the 1,787 games DiMaggio played in, he only had one hat trick: today was that day. DiMaggio had three strikeouts against Indians’ pitcher Mel Harder in a 5-4 loss.
1973: Pete Rose and Willie Davis Record 2,000 Hit
Pete Rose recorded his 2,000th hit on this day with a single against the San Francisco Giants. This historic hit for Rose wasn’t even his halfway point, as he finished his career with a whopping 4,256 hits. The Reds won the game 4-0 at Candlestick Park.
Willie Davis recorded his hit on the same day against the Atlanta Braves. He hit a two-run homer in their 3-0 victory. Davis ended his career with 2,561 hits and 1053 RBIs.
1999: Oldest Professional Baseball Player
Ted Radcliffe got the nod to start for the Schaumburg Flyers in a Northern League game: he was 96 years old. Instead of throwing out a ceremonial first pitch, Radcliffe threw one pitch that counted before exiting to a standing ovation. This made Radcliffe the oldest player to ever play in a professional baseball game. Radcliffe played in the Negro League as a pitcher and a catcher, earning the nickname “Double Duty.” He lived to be 103 years old, passing away in 2005.
Feature Image Courtesy of Sports Illustrated