1973 IN the first inning of the April 6 season opener at Fenway, the Yankees' Ron Blomberg becomes the first designated hitter to bat in the major leagues. Hitting sixth, Blomberg draws a bases-loaded walk to drive in the game's first run. In the 15--5 Red Sox win, Boston's DH, Orlando Cepeda, goes hitless in six at bats.
1974 ON April 14 a pop-up by the Tigers' Willie Horton strikes and kills a pigeon. On its descent the departed avian narrowly misses Boston catcher Bob Montgomery.
1975 THE Cape Cod League and the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League hold their July All-Star Game at Fenway for the first time.
1977 JERSEY STREET, home to the main entrance of Fenway Park, is renamed Yawkey Way in honor of Red Sox owner Thomas Yawkey, who had died the previous July 9. The ballpark's official address is now 4 Yawkey Way.
1979 IN a 16--4 loss to the Orioles on Sept. 9, the Red Sox' Montgomery is the final major league player to bat without protective headgear. Monty had been grandfathered out of the 1971 rule that mandated batting helmet use.