And the other 16 teams are off and running. Opening day for the other half of the league:
In Kansas City, St. Louis Yardbirds C Eugene LeBlanc hit a 3-run shot in the 8th to turn a 2-1 lead into a 5-1 margin and starter Ronnie Watson scattered 8 hits over 6 innings for the win in a 5-2 triumph over the hometown Riverboat Rounders.
In Fargo, Sodbusters Phil Bruske and Miller Forrester each drove in 2 runs to help spear an attack that jumped out to a 4-1 lead on the Chicago Old Style and hung on for a 5-4 win.
In Wichita, the Charlotte's Web of Lies outhit the Mediocre Men but Wichita's Moe Dillon hit a decisive 3-run blast in the 4th to fuel a 4-1 victory for the home team.
In Boise, a 3-run shot by Domingo Johnson in the 4th inning was all that San Francisco Ninja Bay Sox starter Malcolm Matthews would need, as he pitched a 5-hit complete game shutout as the NBS beat the Boise Riflemen 3-0.
In the Bronx, Trenton starter Kent Doster went 8 shutout innings and Dweezil May and Tommy Caruso each homered as the Crossing beat the Yankees 6-0.
In Detroit, the Wolves turned a 6-1 deficit around in the 7th using a 6 run, 7 hit inning to beat the Rochester Red Wings 7-6.
In Montgomery, the home town Boll Weevils pounded out 10 hits and lost. The San Juan Quenos lit up Montgomery's pitching staff for 18 hits in a 9-4 win. Leadoff man David Vicente was the only member of the Quenos not to get a hit.
In Oakland, the home team had no hits after 4 innings but struck for 5 runs in the next 2 innings to take a 5-3 decision over the Seattle Pilots. A's starter J. J. Henley went 8 innings for the win and closer Fergie Walsh pitched a perfect 9th for the save.