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This Day In Sports History (April 26th) – Coors Field
It was on this day in 1995 that the Colorado Rockies played their first ever game at Coors Field. The Rockies would beat the New York Mets 11-9 to earn their first victory in their new ballpark.
Coors Field is known as a hitters’ ballpark due to the fact that it is located in Denver, which is one mile above sea level. The high elevation combined with the lower and drier air density cause baseballs to travel a greater distance. Coors Field was designed with a large outfield in an attempt to reduce the number of home runs, but it didn’t exactly work out as planned.
In 1996, a total of 271 home runs were hit at Coors Field, breaking the old record of 248. Just three years later, an incredible 303 home runs were hit at the stadium, which is the current Major League record.
Here is amateur video of beautiful Coors Field.
Hack Wilson, MLB – Born April 26th 1900 in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
Kosuke Fukudome, MLB – Born April 26th 1977 (age 36) in Osaki, Japan
Joe Crede, MLB – Born April 26th 1978 (age 35) in Jefferson City, Missouri