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Juan Bernhardt hit the first home run in the history of the Seattle Mariners franchise.  The blast came on April 10 of the 1977 baseball season.

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During their first season in the major leagues in 1998, Jay Bell played in the most games for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  He appeared in 155 games.

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Two first basemen in Boston Red Sox history have won the American League MVP Award.  Jimmie Foxx did it in 1938, and then 57 seasons later Mo Vaughn accomplished the feat.

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George Foster is the single season home runs leader for the Cincinnati Reds franchise.  In 1977, Foster connected for 52 round-trippers.

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Toronto’s George Bell set a major league record by hitting three home runs on Opening Day of the 1988 baseball season.  Bell connected for homers in the 2nd, 4th, and 8th innings.  All three came against Royals’ starting pitcher Bret Saberhagen.

Bell amassed 4 RBI on the day, and the Blue Jays won the game by a score of 5-3.

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The first player in Kansas City Royals history to hit for the cycle was shortstop Freddie Patek.  Patek accomplished the amazing feat on July 9, 1971.

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Brooks Robinson was the first player in Baltimore Orioles history to hit for the cycle.  He accomplished the impressive offensive feat on July 15, 1960.

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The first member of the Baltimore Orioles organization to log 20 or more home runs and 20 or more stolen bases in the same season is Paul Blair.  In 1969, Blair connected for 26 home runs for the O’s while swiping 20 bases.

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On May 24, 1945, the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds played in the first night game in major league history.

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Dean Chance was the first Twins pitcher to strike out over 230 batters in a single season.  In 1968, he struck out 234.

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