April 17 Baseball History Picks from LINEDRIVER
APRIL 17, 1956...Cincinnati's Frank Robinson delivers in his first major league at-bat when he doubles off Cardinals' pitcher Vinegar Bend Mizell. The Reds lose on Opening Day at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, 4-2.
APRIL 17, 1951...Nineteen year-old Yankees' outfielder Mickey Mantle goes 1-for-4 while playing in his first major league game. Mantle makes his debut as a right fielder against the Boston Red Sox in New York’s Yankee Stadium. New York 5, Boston 0.
APRIL 17, 1953...Multi-talented Mickey Mantle belts a mammoth 565-foot HR at Griffith Park in Washington, D.C. off Senators' left-hander Chuck Stobbs. Later in the game, the young Yankees' star bunts for a single. Yankees 7, Senators 3.
APRIL 17, 1955...Twenty-year-old outfielder Roberto Clemente makes his major league debut while playing against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Pittsburgh. Clemente hits a single in his first major league at-bat off Dodgers' pitcher Johnny Podres. Dodgers 10, Pirates 3.
APRIL 17, 1956…Twenty-four year-old Yankees' superstar Mickey Mantle belts a pair of 500-foot tape measure HR’s off Camilo Pascual of the Senators on Opening Day in Washington. President Dwight D. Eisenhower is in attendance as the Yankees win, 10-4.
APRIL 17, 1960...Twenty-nine year-old Braves' third baseman Eddie Mathews pounds a double, a triple, and his 300th career HR as the Milwaukee Braves beat ace pitcher Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-4.
APRIL 17, 1970...The Reds score 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning at Crosley Field to whip the Giants, 8-5. Hal McRae ties the score at 5-5 with a pinch-hit solo HR. Moments later, Tony Perez cracks a three-run HR to win the game.
APRIL 17, 1976...Phillies' third baseman Mike Schmidt leads the offensive charge with four consecutive homers as Philadelphia beats the Chicago Cubs, 18-16, in a wild and windy game at Wrigley Field.
APRIL 17, 1989...Cincinnati Reds' reliever Kent Tekulve pitches two innings of shutout ball and passes Hoyt Wilhelm as the all-time leader with 1,019 relief appearances. Reds 3, Dodgers 2.