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In Baltimore, a different historic moment: A fan-less baseball game

History was made in Baltimore Wednesday: The Orioles played the Chicago White Sox in what the league says is the first Major League Baseball game to be closed to public.

So players came on the field to no cheers and a home run was marked by the crack of a bat and only a few isolated claps.

Here's video of the first pitch:

 

And video of a three-run home run by Orioles first-baseman Chris Davis:

NPR's Don Gonyea is at Camden Yards this afternoon and he reports that he saw just a small amount of police presence outside the stadium.

ESPN reports that it is believed that fan-less games have been played in the minor leagues. The network explains:

"The Baseball Hall of Fame and John Thorn, MLB's official historian, said they did not think there ever had been a closed-doors big league game, although there have been instances in the minor leagues.

"Thorn said the lowest attendance for a major league game appears to be six when Worcester hosted Troy in a National League matchup on Sept. 28, 1882."

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