SHOHEI OHTANI, JACOB deGROM, AND THE BABE

As has been duly noted on these pages many times, baseball’s history is a rich one, indeed.

The Cincinnati Red Stockings played the first professional baseball game 152 years ago.

Led by another pair of Wright brothers — Harry and George, not Orville and Wilbur — the Red Stockings, precursors to Cincinnati’s Redlegs or the Reds, played baseball’s first pro game on May 4, 1869 against the Queen City’s amateur pack, Great Westerns.

The Red Stockings prevailed 45–9 and then kicked off pro ball’s first road trip, touring the country for…