By Cam Cain 4/17/12
- April 17th 1951: Longtime Yankee centerfielder Mickey Mantle makes his major league debut. Playing right, Mantle goes 1-for-4 but New York beat the Red Sox 5-0.
- April 17th 1969: In only the 10th game in the franchise’s history, Expos pitcher Bill Stoneman pitches a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies. 3 years later, Stoneman threw a second no-hitter for Montreal on October 2nd.
- April 17th 1983: While pitching for Houston, Nolan Ryan records his 3500th career strikeout, becoming only the second pitcher to do so, behind only Walter Johnson. Ryan struck out over 2,200 additional hitters in his career for a grand total of 5,714. Only 8 pitchers besides Ryan have 3,500 Ks.