Into the night
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA •
MAY 16, 1939
– On this day in baseball
the American League finally played a game under the lights – four years
after the National League pioneered the trend. The game took place at
The Cleveland Indians beat the home team Philadelphia Athletics 8-3 in ten
Night games are so prevalent
today, it’s hard to imagine a time when all games were played during the day.
slowly began to change in 1935.
The Cincinnati Reds played the first night game at Crosley Field in
Cincinnati May 24, 1935.
Crosley was the only park to have lights for more than 3 years.
Brooklyn was the next team to play under the lights on June
15, 1938. By coincidence, or maybe not, the Dodgers first night game was the
night Johnny Vander Meer pitched his second consecutive no-hitter – the only
time it’s been done. Ya think the first game under the lights at Ebbets Field
had anything to do with it? Just askin.
Here’re the dates the other teams first played under the lights:
Brooklyn Dodgers 1938
Colt .45s **1962
San Diego Padres **1969
Montreal Expos **1969
White Sox 1939
Red Sox 1947
Minnesota Twins *1961
Los Angeles Angels **1961
Blue Jays **1977
Devil Rays **1998
**Existing team in new location
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