Major baseball league: Some records are so significant, so noteworthy, that they deserve to be mentioned in this blog even though they did not occur in the Northwest. This is a fantastic record.
The coldest major league baseball game in history was almost certainly played in Denver. The first pitch temperature in a Colorado Rockies home game against Atlanta was 23 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking the previous record of 28 degrees Fahrenheit.
Temperature records from major-league baseball date back only to 1991, so why am I quite certain that this is the record that dates back to baseball’s inception? The reason for this is because of the location.
Denver has by far the highest altitude baseball stadium: 5183 feet (it’s not called the Mile-High City for nothing). Arizona (1080) and Atlanta (1080) are the next highest (1050 ft). Locations that are significantly lower and warmer. In general, higher means colder. Furthermore, because of its location on the eastern slopes of the Rockies, Denver is susceptible to cold air surges from the north.
As a result, the region has a great number of daily records for both minimum and maximum temperatures (For confirmation, examine the charts below from the US GOVERNMENT; blue dots show record lows.).
Now comes the exciting part. Denver was an expansion team that began play in 1993. Given its unusual meteorological position and altitude, it is entirely possible that the 23F was the coldest temperature ever recorded for any major league game at any place. Yes, you can debate about Minnesota, but keep in mind that the baseball season normally begins around April 1, and the all-time low day maximum temperature in Minneapolis for April was 22 degrees Fahrenheit in 1896.
At the game, the frigid air created a variety of strange images. The pitcher was surrounded by ground fog! Snow could be seen in the outfield (see below).
Snowmen were also discovered in the stands. The air would have been incredibly dense with such chilly weather, working against the long ball.
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