Who opened the 1969 Major League Baseball season by dropping the first ball at the first game?
#118833. Asked by 29CoveRoad. (Nov 20 10 1:01 PM)
Opening Day was Monday April 7th. There were three games:|
NYY @ WSA 8-4 2:47 pm
SFG @ ATL 4-5 2:32 pm
LAD @ CIN 3-2 2:29 pm
The first two pitches by Don Drysdale were both hit for HRs by LA, Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan:
The first time two hitters battered an opposing pitcher at game's opening for a double-homer production was in an American Association game at Boston's long-gone Congress St. Grounds way, way back on June 25, 1891. Tom Brown a 31-year-old Englishman, born in Liverpool, batted a home run off a Baltimore pitcher who went by the quaint nickname of "Sadie" McMahon ... For the first time in history the first two batters to come to the plate in a game had hit home runs ... The feat would be duplicated 12 more times between then and 1969. Then the real pros entered the act. The 14th, 15th, and 16th times this back-to-back opening gambit was performed were all by the same combination – one Pete Rose, of whom we have previously heard, followed immediately by Bobby Tolan, on behalf of Cincinnati. This combo came through on April 7, 1969 in the opening game of the season, with the pitcher being none other than Don Drysdale of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Does the Q refer to this game?
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