the Difference Between Night and Day |
first night game was played on May 24, 1935 at Crosley
Field in Cincinnati between the Reds and the Phillies.
The baseball world was forever changed when President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt flipped a switch in the White
House, 600 miles away, and Powell Crosby flipped a switch
in Cincinnati, ushering in a new era of baseball. This
ball is the only baseball that remains from that historic
night. A pair of inscriptions on the ball read: "1st
Night Game National League May 24, 1935" and "May
24, 1935." The ball is signed by 22 members of
the Reds including Denny MacFayden, who was traded on
June 15, 1935, making this an early 1935 ball. Now that
night baseball is the rule, rather than the exception,
it's easy to forget just how significant this date in
baseball history was.