Thursday, May 24th, 2018

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, seated in the White House, pushed a button and 1,090,000 watts of electric power from 632 lamps flooded the field turning night into day. Ford Frick, President of the National League, threw out the first ball after which the Reds defeated the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1, behind the six-hit pitching of Paul Derringer. The initial reaction was mixed and enthusiasm was tempered but overall there was no denying that the arc light debut had been a genuine success.

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