April 15, 2012

That Crazy Day in Queens: April 15

Born on this date:
Jeromy Burnitz (1969)
Ricky Otero (1972)

Transactions:
- Mets traded Mac Scarce to the Cincinnati Reds for Tom Hall in 1975.
- Mets signed free agent José Oquendo in 1979.
- Mets signed free agent Alberto Castillo in 1987.

Games and Events:
1947 - A year before President Truman desegregated the military, Jackie Robinson debuts for the Dodgers becoming the first black player to participate in a major league game this century. In front of 25,623 Ebbets Field fans, the 28-year old first baseman is hitless in three at-bats, but scores a run in the 5-3 Opening Day victory over the Braves.

1958 - On Opening Day, the transplanted New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers play the first major league game on the West Coast. The Californian contest sees Ruben Gomez blanking Los Angeles and Don Drysdale at San Francisco's Seals Stadium, 8-0.

1968 - The Astros defeat the Mets in 24 innings,1-0, making it the longest scoreless game in major league history. The six hour and six-minute contest, in which each team had 79 at-bats and 11 hits, ends when Bob Aspromonte's grounder goes through the legs of shortstop Al Weis scoring Norm Miller from third base with one out.