Peanuts and Cracker Jacks Baseball’s opening day has been an American holiday of sorts since the Cincinnati Red Stockings threw out the first major league pitch in 1869. To celebrate the start of the 150th season of professional baseball, here are three of the best opening days in baseball history. A New Beginning The Best Opening Days in Baseball History
Lou, Combs, and Babe — Oh My!
Considered one of the best teams in baseball history, the 1927 New York Yankees started their historic run and 25th season by dismantling the Philadelphia Athletics with a score of 8–3. The slugfest was true to form for the 1927 Yankees, whose players would go on to make up baseball’s famous “Murderers’ Row.” With sluggers like Lou Gehrig, Earle Combs, Babe Ruth, Mark Koenig, Bob Meusel, and Tony Lazzeri, it’s no wonder this team went on to win its fifth championship that year. The Hammer Ties Bambino For decades, no one could match George Herman Ruth. The Great Bambino’s all-time home run record seemed like an impossible feat of strength — that is, until Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron came along. On opening day, April 4, 1974, Aaron smashed his 714th homer, tying Babe Ruth for the most home runs ever hit and extending the Atlanta Braves’ shutout lead over the Cincinnati Reds. A few weeks later, Aaron surpassed Ruth’s record, prompting a standing ovation from the crowd.
On April 15, 1947, an opening-day game changed the course of Major League Baseball. On this day, Jackie Robinson started for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African-American player to start for a major league baseball team. Robinson’s historic showing was lackluster, going 0-for-3 at the plate and making a solid showing on the infield at first base, but his mere presence in a Dodgers uniform had already broken history. Despite his nationally- recognized skills — Robinson was
named MVP of the MLB farm team league in 1946 — the backlash that followed his rise to the pros, both from fans and teammates, was palpable. Still, as well-known sportscaster Howard Cosell said, “Suddenly, it was a new beginning.”
ATTORNEY Au dits: ‘How the IRS Audits Attorneys’
If you’re an attorney, you have experience fighting for others and their rights. But when you’re facing an audit from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), you may find yourself in the unfamiliar situation of fighting for yourself. This happens more than you may realize. Attorneys are actually the most audited professionals by the IRS. This isn’t because the IRS has a grudge against legal professionals, but because the extenuating circumstances that most lawyers have make their tax situation difficult and unique. Attorneys may be at a higher risk of committing fraud — whether unintentionally or not — since a large number of attorneys are self-employed and work for contingency fees. Some lawyers, such as immigration experts, also commonly accept cash payments, which may lead to an even more complex tax scenario. Unfortunately, preparing for an audit can be exhausting and time-consuming, and as an attorney, we know you like to be prepared for your fight. That’s why we’ve compiled a report on what you can expect should you face an audit from the IRS. Former IRS agent and Landmark Tax Group founder Michael Raanan compiles his expertise, experience, and advice into this report specifically for attorneys.
The report, “How the IRS Audits Attorneys,” highlights actions you can take before, during, and after an audit to make the process go smoothly; describes how to keep your penalties low; and shows you how to complete the process unscathed. Attorneys will learn various organizational tips for monitoring and recording their finances throughout the year and can dive into a step-by-step guide of what to expect during an audit. Additionally, this report features common issues that crop up during an audit and example cases, allowing attorneys to gather more information on their own. The time to prepare for an audit is not when you get a letter from the IRS. Visit LandmarkTaxGroup.com/Attorney to receive this free report and prepare for a potential audit. If you or someone you know is struggling with back taxes, our experts at Landmark Tax Group can help. Learn more by visiting LandmarkTaxGroup.com or calling (949) 260-4770.
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