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by Jon Sumple | Posted on Sunday, December 11th, 2011
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Opening Day 1912: It can’t be a birthday celebration without a birth. On April 20, 1912, the gates (probably barn doors back then) opened for roughly 27,000 fans, including John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, the eventual grandfather of John F. Kennedy Jr. and the city’s mayor at the time. Fitzgerald threw out the first pitch, and Tris Speaker hit the last that day for a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning to defeat the New York Highlanders. It was the start of what remains the winningest season in franchise history. (AP Photo)

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Stat sheet: Born with a baseball in hand ... threw ball to dad in delivery room ... left-handed. Played ball until elbow blowout in college ... no clue what to do next ... became a sports writer. Season-ticket holder with Florida Marlins from inaugural season until move to Seattle in 2009 ... learning to love the Mariners.



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