Opening Night

Although baseball games were played after sundown as far back as the 1880s, the first Major League contest held at night was at Crosley Field in Cincinnati on May 24, 1935 between the Reds and the Phillies.  The first nighttime All-Star game was played in Philadelphia in 1943 and the first World Series game played at night was in Pittsburgh in 1971.  Since then, both regular season and post-season afternoon games have become much less common, particularly because of the higher primetime TV ratings.
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Spring Training

The 2014 Major League Baseball Season opened in Sydney, Australia on March 22 and 23 with a split doubleheader between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The Dodgers won both games.  The season begins stateside on Sunday, March 30 with an evening contest between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
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