Today in Tribe History: April 8, 1975
Bob Toth | On 08, Apr 2015
1975 – On a historic day in Major League Baseball, the Cleveland Indians defeat the New York Yankees, 5-3, on Opening Day.
Frank Robinson made his managerial debut for the Tribe, becoming the first black manager in MLB history. The 39-year-old, in the lineup as the team’s designated hitter, hit a solo home run in his first at bat of the game, his eighth Opening Day home run of his career, a then-record.
The Yankees took the lead in the top of the second after a two-run double from former Indian Chris Chambliss and an RBI single from Thurman Munson off of Cleveland ace Gaylord Perry. The Indians cut into the lead with a sacrifice fly from Jack Brohamer in the second and a solo home run from Boog Powell in the fourth. The pair gave Cleveland the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth, when an RBI double from Powell put the Indians back on top and Brohamer added another run with a single three batters later. Perry held the lead from there for the win.