April 7, 1977 Gary Thomasson starts the game b…

April 7, 1977

Gary Thomasson starts the game by walloping the first pitch in the Dodgers’ opener for a home run off Don Sutton, who had apparently thrown a gopher ball. Unbeknownst to the Giants’ leadoff hitter, the pitch was to be taken for a ball and handed to the home plate umpire to be sent to Cooperstown.