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This Day in Braves History: Chipper helps Atlanta snap losing streak

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Braves Franchise History

2012 - Chipper Jones homers in his first game of the year to help the Braves to a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros. The win snaps a nine-game losing streak that dates back to their collapse at the end of the 2011 season which cost them a playoff spot. Tyler Pastornicky hit his first major league homer for Atlanta in the win.

MLB History

1913 - The New York Yankees play their first game under their new nickname after previously being known as the “Highlanders.” They would drop a 2-1 contest to Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators. Johnson allowed an unearned run in the first inning and then began a scoreless inning streak that reached 56 before it ended.

1947 - Jackie Robinson becomes the first black player of the 20th century to sign a major league contract.

1961 - The Washington Senators play their first game in franchise history losing to the White Sox, 4-3.

1962 - Dodger Stadium opens in Chavez Ravine. Over 52,000 fans are in attendance to see Los Angeles lose to the Reds, 6-3.

1964 - Demolition begins at the Polo Grounds in New York City to clear the way for a housing project.

1969 - Tommie Agee hits the longest home run to reach the seats in the upper deck in Shea Stadium history.

1979 - J.R. Richard sets a major league record with six wild pitches, but he also strikes out 13 and helps the Astros to a 2-1 win over the Dodgers.

1989 - Ken Griffey Jr. hits his first major league home run in a 6-5 win over the White Sox.

1994 - Michael Jordan collects the first two hits of his professional career while playing for the Double A, Birmingham Barons.

2000 - On his father’s 50th birthday, Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the youngest player to hit 400 career home runs.

2003 - Craig Biggio hits his 31st career leadoff home run which breaks Bobby Bonds’ National League record.

Information for this article was found via Baseball Reference, and Today in Baseball History.

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