On this day in 2015, the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2 at Camden Yards in the first regular season game played without fans in MLB history. To date, it is the only MLB game to be played in a crowd-less stadium, but that could change later this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Baltimore in April of 2015 was at the centre of controversy after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died while in police custody. Protesters filled the streets and there were fears about public safety in the city. Camden Yards had to be briefly locked down during a April 25 game between the Orioles and Boston Red Sox as a result.
The first two games of the series between the Orioles and White Sox were rescheduled to May for public safety, but rescheduling the third game proved difficult. The Orioles eventually decided to host the game without fans as originally scheduled on April 29, but it was moved to the afternoon to accommodate a city curfew.
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