The Dodgers are in Pittsburgh today to make up a rained out game. One hundred and twenty one years ago today, the forerunners of the Dodgers, the Brooklyn Bridegrooms, also played Pittsburgh in the first tripleheader ever played, at Washington Park in Brooklyn.
Ernie Banks was known for his catchphrase of, “It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame… Let’s play two!”, expressing his wish to play a doubleheader every day out of his pure love for the game of baseball, especially in his self-described “friendly confines of Wrigley Field.”
If you go into your Dodgers historical happy place, you can almost hear the 1890 Bridegrooms team captain and star left fielder Darby O’Brien cry out in an Irish brogue “’tis a wonderful day for a ballgame lads… Let’s play three!”
This Day in Dodgers History
September 1, 1890 – On Labor Day at Brooklyn’s Washington Park, the Bridegrooms, later to be known as the Dodgers win all three games against Pittsburgh in the first tripleheader ever played. The home team sweep the visiting Alleghenys, who will be renamed the Pirates next season, 10-9, 3-2, and 8-4.