Today is our older brother John's birthday. Happy birthday, John!
To celebrate his birth, I decided to write a post about baseball things that occurred on April 5. I hope this makes up for the Cubs getting rained out.
Players that were born today
Yikes. Not a great list. Hansen played from 1958-72, Conroy from 1901-1911, Dinneen from 1898-1909, and Hogue from 1948-1952. Hansen is the only player born today to ever make an All-Star game. Jung Ho Kang, Steve Clevenger, Ian, Stewart, and Lastings Milledge are the last four players to make the majors with a birthday today. Jung Ho Kang seemed to be headed toward the April 5th throne, but can't seem to control himself.
Baseball things that happened today*
1925: Babe Ruth collapses at a railroad station in Asheville, North Carolina. The "bellyache heard round the world," so dubbed when a writer suggests that illness was caused by a hot dogs and soda binge, will require hospitalization and an operation, keeping the Yankees slugger out of the lineup until May.
1993: At Camden Yards, William Jefferson Clinton becomes the first U.S. president to successfully throw the first pitch of the season from the pitcher's mound.
1993: Greg Maddux, signed as a free agent in the offseason, allows no runs and scatters five hits to his former team, the Cubs, over 8 1/3 innings on Opening Day. (Sorry John).
2003: To show support for the U.S. troops in Iraq, the White Sox announce all active military members showing a military ID will be given free admission to most home games at U.S. Cellular Field.
2010: Receiving mostly cheers from the standing-room-only crowd at Nationals Stadium, President Barack Obama, wearing a White Sox cap and a Nats jacket, continues a 100-year tradition when he throws the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Washington's home opener against Philadelphia..
And lastly, Jason Heyward homered in his first major league at bat on April 5, 2010. I believe you remember that one pretty vividly.
* Thanks to www.nationalpastime.com for this info.