On a historic day for 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 later matched by Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn.
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.