1st Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett holds onto a ball dropped from the Goodyear blimp hovering at an altitude of 550 feet. Gabby tops Gabby Street’s feat of hanging onto a ball dropped from the Washington Monument, a height of 504 feet.
6th The Giants play their first night game, a 9–1 exhibition win against their Bridgeport, CT farm team in Bridgeport. The Giants won’t play a night game at home until 1940.
8th Sacramento sets two PCL Opening Day records in its 21–14 win over Mission. The 21 runs and 24 hits set the marks.
In Memphis, the Chicks beat the Yankees in an exhibition game, 3–1. Babe Ruth, hobbling from an injury incurred 2 days ago in Dallas, bashes a HR for the only run. In his next at bat Ruth hits the top of the signboard at Russwood Park as he ambles to 1B for single. Sam Byrd pinch runs.
9th Burleigh Grimes, veteran spitballer in a contract dispute with the Pirates, is sold to the Boston Braves. Boston will trade Grimes, the last of the legal spitballers, to the Cardinals in June, where he will be a key contributor in their pennant drive.
10th Wayland Dean dies at age 30 of tuberculosis. Dean pitched for the Cubs, Giants and Phils.
The Giants send journeyman outfielder Wally Roettger to the Cardinals for reserve infielder Eddie Farrell. The Giants also throw in Showboat Fisher, an outfielder who last played for the Senators. Showboat will reward the Cardinals by posting a .374 average for the year, his only year in the NL.
11th in a PCL game, reliever Emil Yde loses a game without throwing a pitch. In the 11th inning of an 8-8 tie between Hollywood and Oakland, Yde relieves Vance Page with the bases loaded. As he starts his pitch Yde is called for a balk and Oakland wins, 9-8.
14th President Herbert Hoover continues the tradition of throwing out the first ball on Opening Day in Washington, a day before the rest of the ML teams begin. The Red Sox win 4–3 over the Senators, winners of their last 11 exhibition games. George Smith picks up the victory with 3 innings of shutout relief. The Sox won’t stay in first place long: they will end the year with their 6th straight last place finish. Sam Rice has a hit for the Senators to embark on a 28-game hit streak; he ended last year with a 2 game hit streak for a total of 30 games over two seasons.
15th Weather curtails the AL Opening Day schedule, but at Shibe Park the matchup between the A’s and the Yankees features nine future Hall of Famers in the lineups, and three more, Pennock, Hoyt and Gomez, on the New York bench. Minutes before the game, Al Simmons ends his holdout, signs a contract, and homers in his first at bat as the A’s and Lefty Grove defeat the Yankees’ George Pipgras, 6–2. Ruth’s clout in the 3rd inning strikes a loudspeaker in deep right center and bounds back onto the field The tree of amplifiers juts about 5 feet over the playing field and the umps rule it a ground rule double. The Yankees argue that it should be a two-run homer, but to no avail, though both Koenig and Ruth score when Grove is slow covering 1B and Foxx’s throw misses him.
Phillies P Les Sweetland pitches a 3-hitter against the Dodgers, doubles and scores the only run to win 1–0 at Brooklyn. Sweetland will turn sour by the year ending with a 7.71 ERA, one of the highest ever.
In St. Louis, the Cubs open with a 9–8 win over the Cards. Rogers Hornsby, whose heel was operated on over the winter, is noticeably limping in the game. The newly acquired Showboat Fisher is 4-for-5 for the Cards.
16th The Reds sink the visiting Pirates, 3–1, with the help of Curt Walker, who is the first Reds player to hit a home run into the RF bleachers of Redland Field on the fly.
The Cardinals make 20 hits to overwhelm the Cubs, 13-3. Showboat Fisher is 4-for-4 with 4 RBI giving him 7 hits in a row. He’ll go 0-for-2 in tomorrow’s rain-abbreviated 3-0 loss. No one this century will top Showboat’s 8 hits in the first two games for a new team. Showboat last played in the majors for two cups of coffee with the Senators in 1923-24.
18th At St. Louis, Wild Bill Hallahan lives up to his name by walking 9, but he allows just 2 hits and strikes out 11 as the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 11-1. The Cards collect 16 hits including Showboat Fisher’s 3 hits.
19th In a 2–1 win over the Cubs, Reds pitcher Benny Frey helps his cause by starting a triple play in the 3rd inning. Frey grabs Footsie Blair’s popped bunt attempt with runners on 1st and 2B, and throws to 3B Tony Cuccinello, who tags the sliding Charlie Root for the 2nd out. Cooch’s throw to SS Hod Ford catches Woody English for the TP.
In a Patriot’s Day twinbill, the Red Sox surprise the Yankees, winning 4-3 and 7-2. Hod Lisenbee goes 12 innings in the a.m. game before giving away to Ed Morris. Johnnie Heving’s RBI hit in the 15th with 2 out is the game-winner. The Yankees manage just 6 hits off the pair of pitchers. Lou Gehrig is 1-for-7 with his first homer of the year. Jack Russell nips the Yankees in the p.m. game, 7-2, allowing 7 hits.
The Pirates edge the Cardinals, 4-3, in 10 innings as Paul Waner and Dick Bartell have triples in the last frame.
20th Grover Alexander makes his debut again for the Phillies against the Giants lefty Carl Hubbell. King Carl outpitches the old master, 2–1, who gives up 4 walks and a homer to Mel Ott in 6 innings of work.
At Ebbets Field, rookie Wally Berger cracks his first ML homer, a grand slam off Watty Clark, in the Braves 6-run 7th inning. Boston wins 7-2. Berger will set ML records for rookies by hitting 38 homers and driving in 119 runs.
In today’s issue of the Chicago Tribune, writer Irwin Howe names his all-time all-star team based on his 42 years of observing baseball: Babe Ruth, RF; Tris Speaker, CF; Ty Cobb, LF; Cap Anson, 1B; Eddie Collins, 2B; Honus Wagner, SS; Pie Traynor, 3B; Ray Schalk, C; Cy Young, P; Walter Johnson, P.
21st At Brooklyn, the Dodgers score 8 runs in the 7th to take a 15-1 lead over the Braves, finally winning, 15-8. Del Bissonette hits a grand slam for the Dodgers.
22nd In mid-winter weather, the NL champion Cubs open at home with a 8–3 loss to the Cards. Bill Hallahan holds Chicago to 5 hits. Hack Wilson’s three run homer, his 2nd of the year, accounts for all Chicago’s scoring.
Before 66,000 at Yankee Stadium, the champion A’s edge the Yankees, 6–5, on Bing Miller’s lead off homer in the 9th. Roy Sherid is the loser while Rube Walberg, the 3rd of three hurlers, is the winner.
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants lose to the Braves, 6-5, making a game of it by scoring a run in the 8th on Homer Peel’s pinch homer, and 2 in the 9th. For Peel it is his second and last ML homer, and he will return to the minors in June. Peel will hit .300 in the Texas League this year and in 1936-37 and ’40 to go along with the 1925, ’26, ’30, ’31 and ’32 seasons. His eight seasons of hitting .300 is a Texas League record. He will manage Ft. Worth to the league championship in 1937.
24th At Boston, the Robins score three runs in the top of the 11th as they beat Boston, 5-2. Starter Ray Phelps goes the distance for the win. Dodger rookie Gordon Slade hits a home run off Bob Smith in his first ML at bat.
In St. Louis, the Browns come back from a 4-1 deficit to score 7 runs in the 6th inning to beat the Tigers, 12-4. Dale Alexander and Charlie Gehringer homer for Detroit.
26th The undefeated Giants take a pair from the Phillies, winning 13–2 and 7–5. Hub Pruett and Carl Hubbell are the victors. Fred Lindstrom is 5-for-5 in the lid lifter and 2-for-4 in the nitecap, while Bill Terry and Travis Jackson each pound out a pair of homers.
Benny Frey beats the Cubs, 1–0, for his 2nd win over Chicago in a week. The rookie will beat them 5 times this year on his way leading the NL in losses with 18.
27th Bud Clancy, White Sox 1B, enters the record books without doing a thing. He has no chances in a 9-inning 2–1 win against St. Louis. He is the first 20th century player to go through 9 innings with no putouts or assists, but it’ll be matched in both leagues. Art Hofman, in 1910, had no putouts in an 8-inning loss.
At Ebbets Field, Andy Reese hits a grand slam in the 9th to break open the game as the Giants top the Dodgers, 10-4.
28th The A’s defeat the Red Sox, 5–4, scoring 4 runs in the 9th without a hit. The 4 runs score as a result of two walks and 2 errors, by 3B Otto Miller and 2B Bill Regan.
The first night game in organized baseball—played with temporary lights—is played in the Class C Western Association with 1,000 fans on hand. Home team Independence loses to Muskogee 13–3.
29th Suspicions that the 1930 ball is the liveliest ever increase as 123 runs are scored in 7 ML games. The biggest score is the Robins 19–15 win over the Giants as the 2 teams combine for 41 hits. Flowers and Lopez lead the Brooklyn attack with 4 hits apiece.
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs take a 7-1 lead on Les Bell’s 3rd inning grand slam, but the Pirates come awake and pull out the win, 13-9.
30th Emil Yde loses a PCL game for Hollywood without throwing a pitch. Yde replaces Vance Page in the 11th with the bases loaded and balks home the winning run as Oakland wins, 9-8.