On This Day In Baseball History: April 9th

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2015 The Detroit Tigers don’t allow a run through the first six innings of their third game of the season setting a new American League record of 24 innings without allowing a run to start a season. The previous record was set by the 1947 Chicago White Sox.
2009 Los Angeles Angels 22-year old pitcher Nick Adenhart is killed early in the morning just a few hours after making his first start of the 2009 season and just the fourth start of his career. Two other passengers also died in the hit and run collision that resulted from a van running a red light.
2001 Pittsburgh Pirate great and Hall of Famer Willie Stargell dies in Wilmington, NC. The 61-year old and two-time World Series champion (1971 & 1979) was named the Pirates captain in 1974.
1994 3-time NBA Champion Michael Jordan makes his professional baseball debut. Jordan, who will play the entire season for the White Sox Double-AA affiliate Birmingham Barons, goes hitless in his debut.
1991 Major League Baseball’s average opening day salary reaches a record $891,188. Just 11 seasons after the first player earned $1 million a year, 223 players now make a least $1 million per year.
1981 20-year old rookie Fernando Valenzuela replaces Jerry Reuss as the Dodgers opening day starter. Valenzuela spins a gem, tossing a complete game shutout, allowing only five hits. This kicks off what becomes known throughout Major League Baseball as Fernandomania. Valenzuela will win his first eight starts all of them complete games and five of them shutouts.
1959 The Baltimore Orioles become the first team in history to complete a triple play on opening day. Despite turning a triple play the Orioles lose to the Senators 9-2 in front of Vice-President Richard Nixon.