On This Day In Baseball History: April 7th

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2003 The Boston Red Sox exercise their 2004 club option for Pedro Martinez. Pedro’s $17.5 million is the highest single season salary for a pitcher in major league history.
1988 Cincinnti Reds rookie third baseman Chris Sabo ties a major league record with 11 assists in one game.
1986 Tom Seaver makes his 16th opening day start, extending his major league record. This is his second opening day start as a White Sox. The 41-year old has also pitched in 11 opening days for the Mets and three for the Reds.
1986 Red Sox outfielder Dwight Evans becomes the first player to hit the first pitch on opening day. Evans hits the homer off of eventual Hall of Famer Jack Morris. Despite Evans record setting day Morris and the Tigers won 6-5.
1984 Tigers 29-year old right hander Jack Morris no-hits the White Sox on NBC’s nationally televised Game of the Week. The last Tigers no-hitter was tossed 26 years earlier by fellow Hall of Famer Jim Bunning.
1979 Astros pitcher Ken Forsch tosses a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves. Forsch’s no-hitter makes him and brother Bob Forsch the first siblings to throw no-hitters. Bob, then a Cardinals pitcher, no-hit the Phillies in 1978.
1977 Blue Jays rookie Al Wood becomes the first player in major league history to hit a pinch hit home run on opening day. The homer helps lift the expansion Toronto Blue Jays to victory, the team’s first victory in franchise history.