On This Day In Baseball History: April 8th

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2017 The Phillies, who have been playing since 1883, score the most runs in the first inning in team history when they put 12 on the Nationals.
2008 Chase Utley gets hit by a pitch three times by Mets pitchers as the Phillies beat the Mets 5-2. Utley’s not so pleasant feat ties a Major League record.
2008 Placido Polanco commits his first error in 911 chances ending his Major League record of 186 consecutive games without an error.
2002 In an 8-4 Astros win over the Rockies Craig Biggio becomes the sixth player in Astros history to hit for the cycle.
1994 Atlanta Braves Kent Mercker no hits the Dodgers in a 6-0 win. It will be the first of two career complete games and his only career shutout.
1993 Switching hitting second baseman Carlos Baerga hits a home run from each side of the plate in the seventh inning of a 15-5 Indians victory over the Yankees. Baerga is the first person to accomplish this feat.
1986 San Francisco first baseman Will Clark, batting second, hits a home run off of future Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan in his first Major League at bat.
1984 Astros All-Star shortstop Dickie Thon is hit in the face by a pitch that breaks the orbital bone around his eye. He has surgery three days later but his career was never the same after being hit.
1974 Hank Aaron takes Al Downing deep for his record breaking 715th career home run. Aaron of course will finish his career with 755 homers.
1969 Four expansion teams, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Pilots, Montreal Expos, and San Diego Padres all play and win their inaugral games.
1946 Future Hall of Famer, Jim Hunter, better known as Catfish Hunter, is born in Hertford, NC. Hunter will win five World Series titles, three with the Oakland A’s and two with the New York Yankees.