Spring Training is almost over and Opening Day is almost here. Here's a look at some of the top Opening Day Moments in MLB History.
April 14, 1910 - President William Howard Taft throws first pitch
This was the first time that the President of the United States threw out the first pitch of the season. It has become a regular tradition.
April 4, 1988 - George Bell hits three homeruns for the Toronto Blue Jays
George Bell was the first player to hit three homeruns on Opening Day. Karl "Tuffy" Rodes matched the feat in 1994 and Dimitri Young did it in 2005.
April 16th, 1940 - Bob Feller throws only No-hitter on Opening Day
Bob Feller struckout eight and walked five as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 1-0.
April 4, 1974 - Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth with 714th career homerun
Aaron finished the 1973 season just one homerun shy of "The Great Bambino." His off-season was filled with death threats and racist comments. Hank endured and pushed forward.
April 15, 1947 - Jackie Robinson MLB Debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Jackie Robinson suiting up for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was the third African-American player in MLB history, but he was the first to break the "color barrier" that had been in place since the first African-American players, Moses Fleetwood Walker and his brother Weldy Walker played for the Toledo Blue Stalkings in 1884.
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