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- The Philadelphia Quakers beat the New York Giants, 19 - 10, in the first game played at the Baker Bowl located at Broad & Huntingdon Street in Philadelphia.
- In front of nearly 10,000 at Recreation Park in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Alleghenys (later to be known as the Pirates) defeat the defending league-champion Chicago White Stockings, 6 - 2.
- 1900 - Brothers Joe, Jim, and Tom Delahanty, playing their third year together with the Allentown Peanuts, open the Atlantic League season by banging out a family total of 11 hits for 20 total bases.
- 1903 - The New York Highlanders win their home opener at Hilltop Park, 6 - 2, over the Washington Senators.
- 1919 - At the Baker Bowl, Joe Oeschger of the Philadelphia Phillies and Burleigh Grimes of the Brooklyn Robins pitch complete games in a 9 - 9, 20-inning tie. Both teams score three runs in the 19th inning. Oeschger gives up 22 hits and walks five, while Grimes allows 15 hits and walks five.
- 1922 - Charlie Robertson of the Chicago White Sox pitches a 2 - 0 perfect game against the Detroit Tigers. Robertson, a 26-year-old rookie, becomes the third pitcher in the modern era to hurl a perfect game.
- 1940 - Picked up off the scrap heap by the Brooklyn Dodgers just months after being given his unconditional release by the Double-A Milwaukee Brewers, starting pitcher Tex Carleton throws a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field. Aside from making Brooklyn GM Larry MacPhail look like a genius, the 3 - 0 masterpiece maintains both Carleton's and the Dodgers' perfect start to 1940: Carleton at 2-and-0 and the Dodgers at a record-tying 9-and-0.
- 1944 - In the first game of a doubleheader split, first baseman Phil Weintraub collects 11 RBI and player-manager Mel Ott scores six runs, drawing five walks as the New York Giants defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 26 - 8. Brooklyn wins the nightcap, 5 - 4, in a game shortened due to darkness.
- 1946 - Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians strikes out 11 and pitches his second of three career no-hitters, his first since returning from a three-and-a-half year stint in World War II. Feller defeats the New York Yankees, 1 - 0, on Frankie Hayes' home run in the 9th inning.
- At Wrigley Field, Rocky Nelson of the St. Louis Cardinals hits an "inside-the-glove" two-run home run to turn a 9th-inning, 3 - 2 Chicago Cubs lead into a 4 - 3 Cardinals victory. Cubs center fielder Andy Pafko catches a blooper that is strewn with paper cups, and umpire Al Barlick calls Nelson safe on a supposedly "trapped" catch. Pafko starts arguing with Barlick, and forgets to call time. Nelson circles the bases, for perhaps the only "inside the glove" home run in history.
- Eduardo Reyes hits four doubles in a game, the first Mexican Leaguer to do so.
- 1952 - Ted Williams plays his final game before leaving for military duty in Korea. In his last at-bat on "Ted Williams Day" at Fenway Park, he blasts a game-winning, two-run home run against Dizzy Trout of the Detroit Tigers. The home run gives the Red Sox a 5 - 3 victory.
- 1958 - Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox becomes the tenth major league player to tally 1,000 extra-base hits in the 10 - 4 loss to the Kansas City Athletics at Fenway Park.
- 1961 - Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants hits four home runs against the Milwaukee Braves in the Giants' 14 - 4 victory at County Stadium. Mays becomes just the ninth player in major league history to hit four homers in one game.
- 1966 - California Angels outfielder Rick Reichardt hits two home runs in the 8th inning to help California beat the Boston Red Sox, 16 - 9.
- 1967 - Steve Barber and Stu Miller of the Baltimore Orioles combine on a no-hitter, but still lose the game to the Detroit Tigers, 2 - 1. A wild Barber gives up 10 walks in eight and one-third innings before giving way to Miller, who pitches one-third of an inning.
- 1969 - Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati Reds strikes out 13 en route to a 10 - 0 no-hitter over the Houston Astros at Crosley Field. Bobby Tolan has four RBI in support of Maloney, who records his second career no-hitter after pitching a ten-inning masterpiece against the Cubs in 1965.
- 1970 - Chicago Cubs outfielder Billy Williams becomes the first player in National League history to play 1,000 consecutive games in the 9 - 2 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Fulton County Stadium.
- 1974 - Nolan Ryan of the California Angels strikes out 19 batters in a 16 - 6 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Ryan ties a major league record established by Tom Seaver for the most strikeouts in a single game.
- 1977 - Ron Cey of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a 7th-inning home run in the 6 - 4 victory over the visiting Montreal Expos. Cey finishes the month with an April major league record 29 RBI (since broken) as the red-hot Dodgers improve to a 17-3 start under new manager Tommy Lasorda.
- 1979 - Alexandria Mariners third baseman Gary Pellant homers from both sides of the plate in the 7th inning of a 20 - 7 win in the Carolina League. It is only the second time in Organized Baseball history that a player has accomplished this feat.
- 1985 - Dale Murphy of the Atlanta Braves has two RBI in the 8 - 4 win over the Cincinnati Reds to tie Ron Cey's 1977 major league record for 29 RBI in April.
- 1986 - The Seattle Mariners strike out 16 more times in a 9 - 4 loss to the Boston Red Sox, to set a major league record of 36 strikeouts in two consecutive games.
- Dave Winfield drives in his 28th and 29th runs of the season in the Yankees' 15 - 3 rout of Texas, tying the major league record for RBI in April.
- The New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds hook up in a wild game at Riverfront Stadium that the Mets pull out 6 - 5, on a delayed call by first base umpire Dave Pallone. The call results in a $10,000 fine and 30-day suspension of Reds manager Pete Rose when Pallone accidentally pokes Rose in the cheek and Rose shoves Pallone twice during the argument which follows.
- 1989 - The Toronto Blue Jays acquire pitcher Al Leiter from the New York Yankees in exchange for veteran outfielder Jesse Barfield. Leiter will miss most of the next four seasons to arm injuries but will contribute significantly to the Jays' World Championship in 1993, winning 9 of 15 decisions as a spot starter and long reliever.
- 1994 - Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Joe Carter finishes April with 31 RBI to set a major league record for the month. Colorado Rockies first baseman Andres Galarraga finishes with 30 RBI to set a National League record.
- 1996 - Jeff King of the Pittsburgh Pirates becomes the third major leaguer to hit two home runs in one inning twice in his career in the 10 - 7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium. King first accomplished the feat a year earlier on August 8th. King joins Willie McCovey and Andre Dawson in the exclusive club.
- Tino Martinez, who got off to a painfully slow start with the Yankees last season, finishes April with 34 RBI to set a major league record for the month.
- The Atlanta Braves have no trouble getting used to their new stadium or their two new outfielders, Kenny Lofton and Michael Tucker, as they become the first team to ever finish April with 19 wins. Atlanta ends the month with a .760 winning percentage overall and a gaudy 12-2 record at Turner Field. Lofton ends with a .395 batting average and Tucker at .418, following a 12 - 3 pounding of the Cincinnati Reds to round out the month.
- 1999 - About 3,000 fans wearing T-shirts that said, "$hare the wealth" protest baseball economics at the Yankees-Royals game at Kauffman Stadium. The protesters turn their backs when the Yankees bat, then walk out during the 4th inning. The Yankees began the season with baseball's top payroll at $85.05 million, and the Royals were 25th at $23.8 million.
- The St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4 - 3, as Mark McGwire and Jim Edmonds hit home runs. St. Louis finishes the month with 55 home runs, a new major league record for April. It also ties the National League mark for homers in any month. Major league batters also set a record for most home runs in a month by hitting 931 in April; the total is 140 more than the number hit in 1999.
- Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks defeats the Chicago Cubs, 6 - 0, as he becomes only the third pitcher in major league history to win six games in April.
- Al Leiter cruises through seven three-hit innings in the Mets' 10 - 1 victory over the Diamondbacks to become the first pitcher to beat all 30 teams in major league history.
- Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez becomes the second-youngest player to reach 250 home runs in a 10 - 3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Only Jimmie Foxx was younger.
- Major league players are asked by Commissioner Bud Selig to agree to a 50-game suspension for the first offense, a 100-game suspension for the second offense and a lifelong ban after the third offense for the use of steroids. In addition to the harsher "three-strike" rule, the commissioner is also seeking a ban on amphetamines.
- With an enthusiastic crowd chanting "Let's go, ground crew" at RFK Stadium, the inexperienced group puts on quite a show of ineptitude as they struggle to put the tarp on a very soggy field during the second rain delay of the rain-shortened Washington Nationals' 5 - 3 victory over the New York Mets. New York files a protest after the game is called off in the bottom of the 8th, claiming the field became unplayable due to Washington's inability to cover the field during stoppage of play.
- 2006 - The Yomiuri Giants rout the Chunichi Dragons, 15 - 4. Tomohiro Nioka hits two grand slams and ties Akira Eto's Central League record of 10 RBI in a game.
- Julio Franco announces his retirement as a player at age 49. He had been playing with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League and had last played in the major leagues in 2007.
- The Huntsville Stars tie a 37-year-old Southern League record with 13 extra-base hits in a game; they only have two singles in the victory. They beat the Montgomery Biscuits, 14 - 6. Contributing are LF Cole Gillespie (3 doubles, 1 home run), DH Ryan Crew (double), 1B Chris Errecart (double), CF Michael Brantley (double), RF Matt LaPorta (double, home run), 3B Mat Gamel (1 triple, 2 home runs) and 2B Mike Bell (home run).
- In a 10 - 1 Reggio Emilia win over Fortitudo Bologna, Bologna's Claudio Liverziani wraps the 1,000th hit of his Italian Baseball League career, off former major leaguer Abe Alvarez. He becomes the 7th player in IBL history to 1,000 hits.
- Matt Garza pitches six perfect innings before giving up a weakly-hit single up the middle to Jacoby Ellsbury to lead off the 7th, Boston's only hit in a 13 - 0 loss. Michel Hernandez goes 4 for 5 with his first major league home run for the Rays. Things get so bad for the Sox that with one out in the 8th, manager Terry Francona calls right-fielder Jonathan Van Every to the mound to spell struggling reliever Javier Lopez, who finishes the game in the outfield.
- The Hanwha Eagles rout the LG Twins, 19 - 9. The big star is Bum-ho Lee, who ties the Korea Baseball Organization record with 8 RBI in a game. Lee hits a grand slam, a three-run homer and a solo shot.
- Off-season prize acquisition Cliff Lee finally makes his first start for the Seattle Mariners. He is masterful, giving up no runs on 3 hits while striking out 8 in 7 innings, but the Rangers' Colby Lewis is just as brilliant as the scoreless tie extends to the 12th inning. Elvis Andrus eventually scores the winning run on a wild pitch by Brandon League, as Texas wins, 2 - 0.
- Scott Sizemore and Brennan Boesch both hit their first major league home run in the 4th inning as Detroit beats the Angels, 10 - 6. Another rookie, Austin Jackson, goes 5 for 5 for Detroit. Sizemore's dinger follows one by Gerald Laird, while Boesch's is a grand slam during the 8-run inning.
- 2011 - Former Negro Leagues infielder Emilio Navarro dies at 105 in his native Puerto Rico. He was the oldest living professional baseball player at the time of his death.
- 2012 - Ryan Braun hits three homers and a two-run triple, driving in 6 runs, in Milwaukee's 8 - 3 win over the Padres. He is the first player to smash three long balls in a game in pitcher-friendly PETCO Park. No player had hit 3 homers and a triple in a game since Fred Lynn in 1975.
- The Indians put on a power display, hitting seven home runs in a 14 - 2 demolition of the Phillies. Ryan Raburn hits two long balls for the second straight game, while Carlos Santana, Mark Reynolds, Lonnie Chisenhall, Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs hit the others. The first five shots are worth two runs each. Roy Halladay allows four of the homers, good for 8 runs in 3 2/3 innings.
- Tim Hudson record his 200th career win in defeating the Nationals, 8 - 1. The Braves' ace allows 3 hits in 7 innings and launches his third career home run in the game.
- 1849 - Dave Eggler, outfielder (d. 1902)
- 1852 - Charley Jones, outfielder (d. 1911)
- 1862 - Jack Sheridan, umpire (d. 1914)
- 1865 - John Cahill, outfielder (d. 1901)
- 1872 - Shorty Gallagher, outfielder (d. 1924)
- 1874 - Seth Sigsby, pitcher (d. 1953)
- 1879 - Bob Edmondson, outfielder (d. 1931)
- 1887 - Babe Danzig, infielder (d. 1931)
- 1887 - Ed Forsythe, infielder (d. 1956)
- 1888 - Paul Wachtel, pitcher (d. 1964)
- 1891 - Tony Brottem, catcher (d. 1929)
- 1897 - Walt Walsh, pinch runner (d. 1966)
- 1898 - Harry Rabenhorst, college coach (d. 1972)
- 1902 - Bill Deitrick, outfielder (d. 1946)
- 1904 - Neal Baker, pitcher (d. 1982)
- 1904 - Tony Murray, outfielder (d. 1974)
- 1907 - Jumbo Brown, pitcher (d. 1966)
- 1912 - Chet Laabs, outfielder; All-Star (d. 1983)
- 1916 - Gar Ganoe, minor league infielder (d. 2008)
- 1921 - Jack Esrang, minor league outfielder (d. 2010)
- 1921 - Dottie Green, AAGPBL catcher (d. 1992)
- 1924 - Ernie Tyler, ballboy
- 1925 - Marie Wegman, AAGPBL infielder (d. 2004)
- 1930 - Joe Douse, Negro League pitcher (d. 2012)
- 1931 - Carlos Garcia, Nicaraguan baseball official
- 1934 - Ken Retzer, catcher
- 1939 - Bob Hendley, pitcher
- 1943 - Gaspar Pérez, Cuban league pitcher
- 1945 - Ray Miller, manager
- 1947 - Jim Clark, outfielder
- 1948 - Mike Barlow, pitcher
- 1949 - Phil Garner, infielder, manager; All-Star
- 1950 - Craig Montvidas, Hoofdklasse player and coach
- 1951 - Tracy Ringolsby, writer
- 1954 - Joe Strain, infielder
- 1959 - Shien-Ming Yang, Taiwan national team manager
- 1961 - Tony Mack, pitcher
- 1962 - Magnus Höglund, Elitserien pitcher
- 1964 - Jeff Reboulet, infielder
- 1970 - David Welch, minor league pitcher
- 1971 - Ryan Hawblitzel, pitcher
- 1971 - Geoff Kellogg, minor league pitcher
- 1971 - Rubén Rodríguez, Cuban league pitcher
- 1971 - Greg Williams, minor league pitcher
- 1972 - Takeo Kawamura, NPB pitcher
- 1972 - Gianni Ricci, Serie A1 pitcher
- 1973 - Don Denbow, minor league outfielder
- 1976 - Mick Pageler, minor league pitcher
- 1977 - Shintaro Ejiri, NPB pitcher
- 1980 - Albino Contreras, minor league outfielder
- 1980 - Sergio Contreras, minor league outfielder
- 1980 - Mark Saccomanno, infielder
- 1981 - Mackeel Rodgers, minor league infielder
- 1982 - Steve Hammond, minor league pitcher
- 1985 - Justin Henry, minor league player
- 1985 - Jeff Mandel, minor league pitcher
- 1986 - Donnie Webb, minor league player
- 1987 - Matt Long, minor league outfielder
- 1988 - Argenis Daal, Netherlands Antilles national team player
- 1993 - Max Brown, New Zealand national team outfielder
- 1901 - Dude Esterbrook, infielder, manager (b. 1857)
- 1929 - Dan Long, outfielder (b. 1867)
- 1938 - Sun Daly, outfielder (b. 1865)
- 1940 - Patsy Dougherty, outfielder (b. 1876)
- 1945 - Antonio Delfin, minor league pitcher; Salon de la Fama (b. 1895)
- 1950 - Tom Niland, outfielder (b. 1870)
- 1952 - Frank Madden, catcher (b. 1892)
- 1960 - Herman Pillette, pitcher (b. 1895)
- 1962 - Al Demaree, pitcher (b. 1884)
- 1962 - Russ Miller, pitcher (b. 1900)
- 1969 - Colonel Snover, pitcher (b. 1895)
- 1970 - Chick Gagnon, infielder (b. 1897)
- 1970 - Dan Jessee, pinch runner (b. 1901)
- 1971 - Slim Harrell, pitcher (b. 1890)
- 1972 - Stan Breard, minor league infielder and manager (b. 1918)
- 1977 - Elam Vangilder, pitcher (b. 1896)
- 1979 - Wally Kopf, infielder (b. 1899)
- 1980 - Joe Tuminelli, minor league infielder (b. 1920)
- 1982 - Leo Dickerman, pitcher (b. 1896)
- 1992 - Katsuo Osugi, NPB infielder; Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame (b. 1945)
- 1999 - Rikuo Nemoto, NPB executive; Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame (b. 1926)
- 2001 - Frank Stewart, pitcher (b. 1906)
- 2007 - Edo Vanni, minor league outfielder and manager (b. 1919)
- 2009 - Gary Park, broadcaster (b. 1935)
- 2011 - Mike Krsnich, outfielder (b. 1931)
- 2011 - Emilio Navarro, Negro Leagues infielder (b. 1905)