"An opener is not like any other game. There's that little extra excitement, a faster beating of the heart. You have that anxiety to get off to a good start, for yourself and for the team. You know that when you win the first one, you can't lose 'em all." -Hall of Famer Early Wynn
To celebrate the 136th Opening Day's arrival, More Hardball has compiled a list of some historic events that occurred on Opening Day.
-April 22, 1876: First opening day. Philadelphia Athletics falls to the Boston Red Caps 6 to 5.
-April 22, 1876: Jim O'Rourke (Boston Red Caps) earns the very first hit of the Major Leagues. Joseph Borden pitches the first winning game.
-1910: William Howard Taft became the first President to throw the ceremonial first pitch.
-May 30, 1943: Opening day for the AAGBL, South Bend versus Rockford and Kenosha opened against Racine.
-1947: Jackie Robinson debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African American to play in the Major Leagues.
-1999: First season opener played outside the US or Canada. The Padres played host to the Rockies in Monterrey, Mexico. Rockies win.
-Tom Seaver holds the record with 16.
-Walter Johnson, Steve Carlton, and Jack Morris had 14.
-Robin Roberts and Roger Clemens have 13 starts.
-April 16, 1940: Twenty-one year old Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians pitched the first, and so far only, opening day no hitter.
-1926: Walter Johnson pitches his 9th (a record) opening day shut out (in 14 starts, his record was 9-5).
-Jimmy Key holds the record for most wins on Opening Day without a loss (7-0). Other pitchers who hold perfect opening day records are Wes Ferrell (6-0), Lon Warneke and Rip Sewell (5-0).
-Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr. hold the record for most opening day home runs with 8.
-Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Eddie Mathews, and Carl Yastrzemski come in second place for opening day home runs with 7.
-24 players have hit opening day grand slams, the last being Tony Batista.
-April 20, 1927: Gerald Walker (Detroit) becomes the only player to hit the cycle in an opening day game. Beginning with a home run, followed by a triple, a double, and a single.
-1959: Pitcher Don Drysdale hit his second opening day home run, becoming the only pitcher to achieve this feat.
-1966: Joe Torre becomes the only player to hit opening day home runs in two consecutive years.
-April 4, 1974: Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's 714 home runs.
-1982: Brewers' Sixto Lezcano becomes the first and only player to hit two grand slams on different opening days (his first was in 1980).
-1986: Dwight Evans of the Boston Red Sox hits the first and only home run off the very first pitch. Detroit's Jack Morris thus holds the record for having a home run hit off the very first pitch of a season.
-1988: Toronto's George Bell hits three home runs in a single opening day game. Six years later, Karl 'Tuffy' Rhodes of the Cubs tied this record.
-April 14, 1925: Cleveland achieves most runs scored - 21, against the St. Louis Browns' 14.
-1931: At 47, Jack Quinn of the Brooklyn Dodgers becomes the oldest starter.
-Most hits by a single batter in an opening day game: 5. The last time this has happened, 1959 (Nellie Fox, White Sox).
-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt opened a total of 8 seasons with the first pitch.
-The Mets, the St. Louis Browns, and the Cincinnati Reds hold the record for the most consecutive opening day wins with 9.
-April 4, 1988: Largest opening day victory as the Brewers shut out the Orioles 12-0.
***There are some inconsistencies between these sources, when a conflict arose, I went with the most recent.
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