Opening Day at Oriole Park in Camden Yards on March 31, 2014, marked the official beginning of 144 consecutive years of professional baseball in our city. Boston has had a professional baseball team longer than any other city in North America. [...]
For many of us there really are only two seasons: the baseball season and the off-season. Opening Day is a rite of spring, signaling the end of our miserable, seemingly interminable winter. Long-time sports writer for The Patriot Ledger, Dick Trust, reminds us Opening Days past.
Opening Day in 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the designated hitter rule in the American League. The first Boston Red Sox designated hitter was future Hall of Fame member Orlando Cepeda. Orlando spent only one season in Boston but he tells us that season helped put him in the Hall of Fame.
The President of the Boston Braves Historical Association recalls Opening Day at Braves Field in 1946, when the players from both teams returned from the military, the fans enjoyed a return to normalcy after World War II, and the paint was so fresh that some fans went home with an unexpected souvenir!