Todd Kalas, always finding the ladies.
What other things happened on this day? Here, watch Ron Gant run fast around the bases in Hawaii (why?) on April 20, 1997:
Barry Bonds goes yard for the seventh game in a row on April 20, 2004:
Here's a list of some stuff that happened before we got civilized and invented the internet:
- 1910 - Addie Joss of Cleveland pitched the second no-hitter of his career, a 1-0 win over the White Sox in Chicago.
- 1912 - Fenway Park was opened in Boston and the Red Sox defeated the visiting New York Yankees, 7-6, in 11 innings. Tiger Stadium in Detroit also opens its doors as the Tigers defeated the Cleveland Indians, 6-5.
- 1916 - The Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park — renamed Wrigley Field in 1926 (and really, you'd change your name too if your name was Weeeeeeghman) — defeating the Cincinnati Reds, 7-6, in 11 innings.
- 1920 - Manager Gavvy Cravath of the Philadelphia Phillies inserted himself as a pinch hitter and beat the New York Giants with a three-run homer, 3-0. It was his last in the majors.
- 1967 - Tom Seaver of the New York Mets recorded his first major-league victory with a 6-1 triumph over the Chicago Cubs. Seaver went 7 2/3 innings and gave up eight hits and one run.
- 1988 - The Baltimore Orioles set a major-league record with their 14th straight defeat at the start of the season, losing to the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-6.
- 1990 - Seattle's Brian Holman lost his bid for baseball's 13th perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning on Ken Phelps' pinch-hit home run in the Mariners' 6-1 victory over Oakland.
Man, sure would be nice to see ol' Gavvy dial up his own number, wouldn't it? Alas, that kind of footage is hard to come by. But take heart! All is not lost on old timer front. This date in 1939 also marks Ted Williams's first hit, and after an exhaustive search of the archives, we on the DRB420 staff have found it!
Happy 4/20 day, everybody! And Happy Birthday to Don Mattingly, apparently.