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This Day in History

This Day in Minor League History

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Jackie Robinson made his professional debut with Montreal in 1946 against the Jersey City Giants. (Montreal Royals)
Thursday, April 18, 1889
Dallas' Curley Maloney set a Texas League mark by committing seven errors in one game.
Monday, April 18, 1898
Bill Kemmer of the Houston Wanderers set a Texas League record by driving in 12 runs in a single game. The mark has since been topped just once in league history, by Jay "Nig" Clarke, on June 15, 1902. Kemmer batted .184 in 11 Major League games in 1895 with the Louisville Colonels.
Thursday, April 18, 1946
Jackie Robinson made his debut for the Montreal Royals against the Jersey City Giants. Robinson, who would become the first black player in the Major Leagues less than a year later, went 4-for-5 with a home run, four runs scored and two stolen bases. He would bat .349 on the year.
Saturday, April 18, 1981
The Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings of the International League began what would be the longest game to date in baseball history. The contest featured future Major Leaguers Wade Boggs, Bruce Hurst, Bob Ojeda, Marty Barrett and Cal Ripken, Jr. With the scored tied, 2-2, after 32 innings, the teams were ordered off the field shortly after 4:00 a.m. by league president Harold Cooper. Two months later, on June 23, the teams would resume play under a national media spotlight, with Pawtucket winning, 3-2, on Dave Koza's base hit in a single, anti-climactic frame. Thirteen professional baseball records were broken in the 33-inning marathon that lasted 8 hours and 25 minutes.
Wednesday, April 18, 1990
Steve Gasser of the Columbia Mets tied a South Atlantic League record by uncorking seven wild pitches in one appearance during a game against the Greensboro Hornets. Patrick Cioffi set the mark in 1962 (June 18) and John M. Brown made it a club a decade later (May 11, 1972).
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Jim Negrych hit for the cycle in the Buffalo Bisons' wild 27-9 win over host Syracuse. A 19-mph wind blowing out to left field helped the two teams combine for 43 hits and seven home runs. Buffalo's 27 runs and 29 hits were the most since the International League began keeping single-game records in 1973.

Buffalo's 27 runs eclipsed the previous record of 25, set in a 25-13 win at Rochester on April 29, 2004. Its 29 hits surpassed the old mark of 27, collected in a 15-9, 10-inning win at Indianapolis on April 18, 1985. The Bisons also set a new mark for largest margin of victory (18), topping a 17-1 win at Toledo on July 17, 2012. Buffalo's 10-run seventh tied a club record that was first set in the third inning of a 14-0 win over Richmond on May 5, 2001. More >