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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

May 4, 1871: The birth of Major League Baseball

Interestingly, the first game was not between teams of either of the leagues that survive today. And it was not played in any of the major cities identified with the burgeoning sport. The first major league baseball game was played in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Fort Wayne Kekiongas beat the Cleveland Forest Cities 2 - 0 in the first National Association game.

Jamie Moyer was available for long relief, but did not play.

depletion Posted: May 04, 2010 at 12:50 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Lest we forget Posted: May 04, 2010 at 05:01 PM (#3522103)
i'm an 1876 kind of guy, but i don't get hung up about it ; )
   2. BDC Posted: May 04, 2010 at 05:47 PM (#3522156)
Who was the bobblehead on the 1871 Kekiongas?
   3. scotto Posted: May 04, 2010 at 06:10 PM (#3522190)
Gary Geiger Counter.
   4. AndrewJ Posted: May 04, 2010 at 06:42 PM (#3522230)
The game was disrupted when a 17-year-old fan ran on to the field in the 8th inning, but fell down after quick-thinking Pinkertons patrolling the grounds applied a state-of-the-art branding iron.
   5. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: May 04, 2010 at 07:46 PM (#3522280)
The game was disrupted when a 17-year-old fan ran on to the field in the 8th inning, but fell down after quick-thinking Pinkertons patrolling the grounds applied a state-of-the-art branding iron.
You're banned!
   6. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: May 04, 2010 at 08:12 PM (#3522325)
Julio Franco went 1 for 4, and Jamie Moyer pitched 6 innings getting a no decision.
   7. Hack Wilson Posted: May 04, 2010 at 11:17 PM (#3522545)
Jamie Moyer pitched 6 innings getting a no decision.

You got that wrong, there were no relief pitchers then. Jamie threw 232 pitches that day.
   8. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 04, 2010 at 11:29 PM (#3522560)
Can we get Harvey's in here to settle this?
   9. AndrewJ Posted: May 04, 2010 at 11:44 PM (#3522570)
Wish this was the Midwestern anniversary we commemorated every May 4th, instead of what happened 40 years ago today at Kent State.
   10. depletion Posted: May 05, 2010 at 01:40 AM (#3522767)
Fort Wayne should have folded after that first victory and guaranteed at least a tie for the all-time winning percentage. Then we'd still be talking about them, but I guess we are anyway.
May 4 is Major League Day in America.
   11. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: May 05, 2010 at 01:45 AM (#3522783)
Julio Franco went 1 for 4, and Jamie Moyer pitched 6 innings getting a no decision.

Keep biting jokes, it's a good look.
   12. Gamingboy Posted: May 05, 2010 at 02:48 AM (#3522852)
I am of the opinion that, despite the obvious things about levels of play and schedule issues and such, the main reason the Majors doesn't consider the NA a major league is because it the National Association of Professional Baseball PLAYERS.

I am also of the opinion that in the 140th anniversary of MLB next year, they play a game (preferably Regular season, but even some sort of exhibition game) in Fort Wayne between the Indians and, uhhh, I guess Chicago or Boston (the two AL cities that had teams in the NA). That'd be cool.

April 22nd, 2016 can have a game between the Braves and Phillies.
   13. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: May 05, 2010 at 04:04 AM (#3522886)
Keep biting jokes, it's a good look.

Didn't see the poster comment. My bad...
   14. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: May 05, 2010 at 04:22 AM (#3522890)
Sign that you are spending too much time at BTF: Being 100% sure that the first post in this thread would be a Jamie Moyer joke and only being wrong because the joke was in the intro.
   15. Obo Posted: May 05, 2010 at 04:30 AM (#3522893)
Sign that you are spending too much time at BTF: Being 100% sure that the first post in this thread would be a Jamie Moyer joke and only being wrong because the joke was in the intro.

I was surprised he beat out Franco (comment 6) and Harveys (way down at comment 8).
   16. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: May 06, 2010 at 10:24 PM (#3524911)
In one of my OOTP leagues, the Fort Wayne Keks (pronounced "keeks", short for Kekiongas) survive into the 20th century and become baseball's answer to the Green Bay Packers.

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