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Friday, May 13, 1988
Maine and Pawtucket play host to the first interleague games of the new Triple-A Alliance. Ten years before the Major Leagues would adopt the practice, the International League and American Association agree to have each of their clubs play a total of 42 regular season games against members of the opposite league. (Facing the prospect of a difficult and expensive travel schedule, the Pacific Coast League chose not to participate in the Alliance.) The plan is designed to give fans a chance to see Triple-A players from 16 organizations instead of 8. The idea for interleague play becomes reality on May 13, 1988 with a pair of victories for the IL clubs. Pawtucket defeats Oklahoma City 4-2 at McCoy Stadium, while the Maine Guides squeak by Denver 4-3.