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    who wants to share some memories of the first major league game you attended? for me it was june 20,1971. a double header at three rivers stadium in pittsburgh. the pirates took on the montreal expos. i was 13 years old. my mom,brother and a couple friends went. i remember we didn't even know how to get tickets so we ended up calling sally o'leary,a lady who worked for the pirates for years. she was born in a town about 6 miles from us. she was very nice and got us tickets and had them sent to our house.
    at the time,the pirates played a lot of doubleheaders on sundays. it was nice cause you got 2 for the price of 1.
    another thing i remember was each sun,before the game,they set up big cafeteria tables in the inner part of the stadium and random pirates would sign 3x5 pictures. for free no less! i eventually got stargell,oliver,milt may,nellie briles and a few others.
    as far as the games themselves, in the first one,willie stargell hit a ball into the upper deck,which was later marked with a number plaque where it hit. the pirates won that one. also,this was the one and only time i ever got to see roberto clemente play in person. he usually only played the first game of doubleheaders.
    in the second game,the pirates were losing and willie stargell,this time hits a grand slam,which just barely cleared the fence,unlike his tape measure shot in game one.
    i'll never forget my first one,no matter what we're talking about. i hope to read some other rememberances. banny.

  • #2
    You're new here. So I 'll gladly tell the story again.
    The date was May 14, 1967. A certain Yankee fan was celebrating his 10th birthday. His dad gave him the gift of taking him to the Stadium where the Yanks were playing the World Champion Orioles.
    It was a Sunday. On Friday, Mickey Mantle had hit his 499th homer. On Saturday, we actually hoped he wouldn't hit one. He didn't.
    At the game, in the 7th inning with junkballer Stu Miller on the mound for the Birds, it happened. Mantle hit one into the right field seats for the milestone. It made the score 3-2 Yanks, which is how it ended.
    I have been to many games since, at Yankee Stadium, Shea, Tiger, Memorial, Jack Murphy, and Petco. But that 10 year old boy will never forget that Mickey Mantle gave him a birthday present of his 500th homerun.(Not literally of course. Mantle probably didn't know me from Adam. But it made my birthday one to remember.)

    Welcome back ARod. Hope you are a Yankee forever.
    Phil Rizzuto-a Yankee forever.

    Holy Cow

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    • #3
      First baseball game I remember attending was against the Pittsburgh Pirates and it was in spring training 1992 when the Jays were big enough in Toronto that the team would come and play a few spring games up north. I remember nothing else besides having the ticket stub.

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      • #4
        Hey, banny, my first game was in 1971, too. I got to tag along with my older brother, and we sat in the bleachers at Tiger Stadium.

        I don't remember much about the game itself (I was 6)...my overriding memory was of the cardboard popcorn containers, which doubled for megaphones when empty. The containers had an orange roaring Tiger on the side. I saw one at a memorabilia show a few years ago and the memories came flooding back.

        And, BTW, welcome to Baseball Fever -- the best baseball history forum in the world.
        "Hey Mr. McGraw! Can I pitch to-day?"

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        • #5
          The only thing I remember about my first ever game was that the Jays beat the Expos 13 to 3. In fact I don't even remember what year it was off the top of my head.

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          • #6
            it was red sox vs. the royals i think when damon was on kansas city. Damon had 5 hits or something.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Victory Faust View Post
              Hey, banny, my first game was in 1971, too. I got to tag along with my older brother, and we sat in the bleachers at Tiger Stadium.

              I don't remember much about the game itself (I was 6)...my overriding memory was of the cardboard popcorn containers, which doubled for megaphones when empty. The containers had an orange roaring Tiger on the side. I saw one at a memorabilia show a few years ago and the memories came flooding back.

              And, BTW, welcome to Baseball Fever -- the best baseball history forum in the world.
              The great thing about Retrosheet is that you can go back and find earlier games. Sometimes one or two bits of info will provide lots of detail.
              My first game was in 1970 at Shea vs Cubs. I remember very little except that the Mets lost, and Joe Pepitone was booooed relentlessly. (I was 6).
              With retrosheet, I can find a game that the Cubs won at Shea, with Pepitone playing. I came of age baseball wise in 1973. That was the first year I have solid info about the games I attended. Still, sometimes you find your memory is incorrect.
              http://soundbounder.blogspot.com/

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              • #8
                i found the game on retrosheet once but I don't want to look again

                this is what I know

                it was either 1991 or 1992 at Tiger Stadium

                the Tigers were playing the Yankees. I went with my dad, uncle and grandma.

                the Tigers were losing in the 9th and my dad decided we were leaving in order to beat traffic. As we left the stadium we heard the crowd roar and someone told us Tony Phillips (my favorite player) just hit a game tying home run. The Tigers won in extra innings.

                Until yesterday I had sworn I would never leave a game early....but I did...but I had an excuse. The Tigers were losing, we were in the nosebleeds in the shade (which made it freezing) and sitting in front of a bunch of drunk frat boys with their dad who was even more annoying. At one point the old man hit on my girlfriend!

                that first game was tough, but this last game was the worst I ever experienced!
                "Batting stats and pitching stats do not indicate the quality of play, merely which part of that struggle is dominant at the moment."

                -Bill James

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sturg1dj View Post
                  i found the game on retrosheet once but I don't want to look again

                  this is what I know

                  it was either 1991 or 1992 at Tiger Stadium

                  the Tigers were playing the Yankees. I went with my dad, uncle and grandma.

                  the Tigers were losing in the 9th and my dad decided we were leaving in order to beat traffic. As we left the stadium we heard the crowd roar and someone told us Tony Phillips (my favorite player) just hit a game tying home run. The Tigers won in extra innings.

                  Until yesterday I had sworn I would never leave a game early....but I did...but I had an excuse. The Tigers were losing, we were in the nosebleeds in the shade (which made it freezing) and sitting in front of a bunch of drunk frat boys with their dad who was even more annoying. At one point the old man hit on my girlfriend!

                  that first game was tough, but this last game was the worst I ever experienced!
                  I thought I saw an Inside The Park HR in 1974 by Bobby Murcer at Shea. Retrosheet showed that it was a double with an error that allowed Murcer to score. When you are a kid, the details dont matter.
                  http://soundbounder.blogspot.com/

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                  • #10
                    1st game I attended was a Mets vs Cubs game in 2003 in April, Sammy Sosa was going for his 500th home run.
                    http://nyposts.blogspot.com/

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                    • #11
                      My first game was September 26, 1992 at Yankee Stadium. I was four years old and the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 2 to 1. I still remember walking into gate 4 and catching my first glimpse of a major league field through one of the tunnels; it took my breath away and all I could think of was 'wow, this is the place I see on television, maybe I could get on too!' We had good seats on the field level in section 13, the tickets cost only $15 (nearly $100 now)I remember standing up on my seat because I couldn't see over all of the people in front of me when Danny Tartabull hit a home run. It was a great day, I only wish I could remember more of it.
                      ..."I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for."

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                      • #12
                        My First game was great! JIM ABBOTTS NO HITTER!!!! I was 13 it was September 93". You can spend a lifetime going to MLB games and never see a No-Hitter I saw it my first one!!!
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                        • #13
                          my first game

                          August 5, 1967. I was almost 10. We rode a train from New Orleans to Kansas City. That was a first for me. The A's were playing the Yankees at Municipal Stadium. I was a great Yankee fan as was my dad. We checked into the hotel that the Yankees were staying. I remember he (Mickey Mantle) had his kids with him and I recall seeing a couple of blond crewcut kids going into the elevator and everyone saying who they were. It must have been strange for them. They didn't seem much older than me. The Mick was reported to be staying in a private room and no one could go near it. Well that day at the Stadium I remember the feeling of everything moving because of the rocking of the train all day and night getting to KC. We watched the Yankees take batting practice. I remember Joe Pepitone putting on a show in batting practice. I also remember how strange the A's looked with their green and yellow unis and white shoes. We laughed at them. Well I remember that MIckey Mantle struck out twice left handed and was intentionally walked when he batted right handed. Through the wonders of Retrosheet I was able to find the game and it helped me remember more details. The game went extra innings (12) and the Yankees lost 3-2. That is the only game I remember in Kansas City although the Yankees played the next day too.
                          My dad also took me to a few Astros games over the years and the Astrodome was a wonder to see but I don't remember any specifics but I may have gone there in 1966 and 1967 but seeing the Yanks and Mickey Mantle is what I remember the most.

                          Lawrence
                          Last edited by L. Regira; 04-07-2008, 04:44 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SilentKiller View Post
                            1st game I attended was a Mets vs Cubs game in 2003 in April, Sammy Sosa was going for his 500th home run.
                            Did he hit it?

                            Welcome back ARod. Hope you are a Yankee forever.
                            Phil Rizzuto-a Yankee forever.

                            Holy Cow

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                            • #15
                              First Game Attended

                              Dodger Stadium, Sunday afternoon June 9th 1968, Dodgers 4, Phillies 3. Very next game at the stadium after Drysdale's streak came to an end the night before

                              Light Hitting 2nd baseman Paul Popovich ties the game at three with a solo HR down the left field line that just barely wraps around the fair part of the foul pole. The Dodgers go on to score the winning run on a sacrifice fly later in the inning. Popovich would only hit like one or two HRs that entire season.

                              I remember that Rocky Colavito, then with the Dodgers, got into some kind of shouting match from the dugout with the HP Umpire and things got heated for a brief moment.

                              My dad and I hang out at the part of the parking lot where Dodger players come out after the game and I get autographs from Popovich, Zoilo Versalles and Mudcat Grant.

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