» Reds rookie Chris Sabo ties a ML record with 11 assists at 3B in Cincinnati's 8-1 win over St. Louis.
» Atlanta's Rick Mahler ties the NL record with his 3rd Opening Day shutout, a 6-0 three-hitter over the Phillies.
» On Opening Day at Tiger Stadium, Boston's Dwight Evans achieves a ML first by hitting a home run off Jack Morris on the first pitch of the entire season, but Detroit's Kirk Gibson later hits 2 home runs of his own to lead the Tigers to a 6-5 victory.
» Tigers Jack Morris no-hits the White Sox 4-0 at Comiskey Park, walking 6 and striking out 8.
Dwight Gooden allows one run in 5 innings in his ML debut, earning the win in the Mets' 3-2 victory over Houston. At 19, he is the youngest NL player.
» ML Baseball, ABC, and NBC agree to terms of a 6-year television package worth $1.2 billion. The 2 networks will continue to alternate coverage of the playoffs, World Series, and All-Star Game through the 1989 season, with each of the 26 clubs receiving $7 million per year in return. The last package gave each club $1.9 million per year.
» In the earliest no-hitter in ML history, the Astros Ken Forsch shuts downs the Braves 6-0. Together with Bob Forsch, who hurled a no-hitter in 1978, the brothers become the first to pitch no-hit games.
Clemson defeats North Carolina State 41-9, tying the NCAA record for scoring.
» Mark Fidrych scatters 5 hits in beating Toronto 6-2. The Bird, trying to recover from tendinitis that limited him to 11 starts in 1977, will win only 3 more ML games.
The U.S. Court of Appeals upholds an earlier court decision in support of Commissioner Kuhn's voiding of attempted player sales by A's owner Charlie Finley in June 1976. Finley's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court will be rejected on October 2nd.
» Al Woods hits a pinch HR in his first ML at bat, as the Toronto Blue Jays make a successful debut versus the White Sox, winning 9-5.
» The Reds open against the Dodgers and go 14 innings before George Foster's infield hit scores the winner 2-1.
» Cleveland sets day-game and opening-game records as 74,420 fans watch the Indians beat the Tigers 2-1.
» The dismissal of Curt Flood's suit against baseball is upheld by a 3-judge U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
» ML Baseball returns to Wisconsin as the Brewers play their first game in Milwaukee, losing to California 12-0 before a crowd of 37,237.
OF Brant Alyea has 7 RBI to back Jim Perry as the Twins win their opener. Alyea will have 21 RBI in his first 12 games, and in Perry's first 4 starts Alyea will drive in 19 runs.
» Bill Singer of the Dodgers is credited with the first official save, as Los Angeles defeats Cincinnati 3-2.
» A public stock offering of 115,000 shares in the Milwaukee Braves is withdrawn after only 13,000 shares are sold to 1,600 new investors.
In an effort to protect its players, Little League moves its pitcher's mound 2 feet back, from 44 to 46.
The Dodgers erect a 42-foot screen in LF at the Los Angeles Coliseum to cut down on HRs, since it is only 250 feet down the line.
» A's long-ball-hitting 1B Joe Hauser is standing still near 1B, minding his own business, when his knee gives way suddenly and the kneecap shatters all by itself. He is out for the season. His other knee will give out in a few years with the same amount of provocation.
» In the a.m. game of a doubleheader in Los Angeles, Doc Crandall's no-hit bid against Salt Lake City (Pacific Coast League) is spoiled with 2 outs in the 9th by Crandall's brother Karl, but Los Angeles wins 14-0.
» The St. Louis clubs play a benefit game, raising $5,000 for the beleaguered Chris Von der Ahe.
Louisville's Pete Cassidy becomes the first baseball player in history to be X-rayed, as a splinter of bone is removed from his wrist.