Baseball Famous Firsts

Choose any particular era below and discover a time line of famous firsts related to virtually every facet of the game. Exact dates are listed where it's possible and new firsts are added to each era on a regular basis. Most Major League records are not listed here as they are not truly the first — they are simply better than the last one and modern team names are shown in their first year versus their previous names used in prior years. Baseball Almanac has covered the centuries, the home runs, the salary levels and much more in this unique look at baseball history through its famous firsts.

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Baseball Famous Firsts

By Baseball Almanac

Black Famous Baseball Firsts
A Historical Perspective
Franchise First Home Runs
First HR for every Team
Home Run Firsts
1st Slam | 1st Inside the Park...
Night Game Firsts
Team by Team Analysis
Presidential Baseball Firsts
First Ever | First First Pitch | Etc.
The Next Era
Future Expansion Area
Salary Levels
First 100,000+ | Millionaire | Etc.

American League Rookies / Their First Season

American League Rookies

First Major League Season For EVERY A.L. Player in History

National League Rookies / Their First Season

National League Rookies

First Major League Season For EVERY N.L. Player in History

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