Welcome to the first edition of our summer-long series at SportzEdge, counting down the Top 100 greatest Major League baseball games ever played.
Our first entry is a great game for one simple reason: It was the first Major League game ever played.
Over 130 years ago, the Cleveland Forest Cities traveled to Fort Wayne to play the Kekiongas on May, 4th 1871. It was the first recorded game ever with a professional baseball league, then known as the National Association of Professional Baseball Players.
Bobby Matthews, who would go on to win 297 games in his major-league career threw out the first pitch for Fort Wayne while the first batter was Cleveland’s James “Deacon” White (White doubled in his at-bat giving him the first ever major league hit as well).
Matthews pitched a gem and the Kekiongas scored in the second and fifth to gain a 2-0 win. Without the formation of the NAPBPP we wouldn’t have the MLB today that we know and love. Neither franchise would last, and almost all of the players have long since been forgotten, but it remains a game just as important as any that came after it.