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List of Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day starting pitchers

The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They play in the National League East division. Also known in early franchise history as the "Philadelphia Quakers",[1] the Phillies have used 72 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 128 seasons. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season.[2] Where decisions are known, the 72 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 33 wins, 39 losses and 20 no decisions (33–39–20); where decisions are unknown, the team's record was 17–19. No decisions are awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game. It can also result if a starting pitcher does not pitch five full innings, even if his team retains the lead and wins.[3]

Hall of Fame left-handed pitcher Steve Carlton has the most Opening Day starts for the Phillies, with 14,[4] compiling a record of 3–9–2. He is followed by Robin Roberts (twelve starts; 5–6–1), Chris Short (six starts; 3–1–2), and Curt Schilling (five starts; 2–0–3). Grover Cleveland Alexander also made five Opening Day starts for the Phillies, equal to Schilling; however, no information on his decisions in those games is available. The team's record in his five Opening Day starts is 4–1.

Roberts holds the Phillies' record for most wins in Opening Day starts with five. Art Mahaffey has the best record in Opening Day starts for the franchise; though many players have won their only Opening Day start, Mahaffey started and won two Opening Day games, for a winning percentage of 1.000; Roy Halladay also has a 1.000 winning percentage, with two wins and a no decision in three starts. Conversely, George McQuillan is the only player to have a .000 winning percentage in more than one Opening Day start (0–2–0 in two starts). Brett Myers has a .000 winning percentage in his three starts, but has accumulated two no decisions (0–1–2). Carlton has the most Opening Day losses for the team, with nine.

The Phillies have played in six home ballparks. Their best overall Opening Day record is at Shibe Park (also known as Connie Mack Stadium), where they won 11 Opening Day games out of 14 played there (11–3). The team also owned a 8–17 Opening Day record at Baker Bowl (initially known as the Philadelphia Baseball Grounds), with 1 tie. Recreation Park's Opening Day record is 1–2, while Veterans Stadium has the lowest winning percentage (.200), with 2 wins and 8 losses. The Phillies currently play at Citizens Bank Park, where they are 1–4 on Opening Day.

The Phillies have played in seven World Series championships in their history, winning in 1980 and 2008. Carlton won his Opening Day start against the Montreal Expos in 1980,[5] while Myers received a no-decision against the same franchise (now the Washington Nationals) in 2008, a game that the Phillies eventually lost,[6] and lost the opening game against the Atlanta Braves in 2009. Carlton also started Opening Day in 1983,[7] the year that the Phillies lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series.[8] Alexander started Opening Day in 1915,[9] the Phillies' first World Series appearance,[1] while Roberts started the first game of 1950,[10] and Terry Mulholland the first game of 1993.[11]

Key

Season (#) Each year is linked to an article about the Major League Baseball season;
numbers indicate the game number during that Opening Day, in the case of a doubleheader.
Final score (#) Game score with winning team's runs listed first; extra innings in parentheses
Location Stadium in italics denotes a Phillies' home game
Pitcher (#) Number of appearances as the Phillies' Opening Day starter
W Win
L Loss
T Tie[a]
ND (W or L) No decision by starting pitcher; game result in parentheses
(W or L) Game result in parentheses; information about decision unavailable
* Advanced to the postseason
§ Won the National League Championship Series
Won the World Series

Starting pitchers




Season Pitcher Decision Final
score
Opponent Location Ref(s)
1883 John Coleman (1) (L) 4–3 Providence Grays Recreation Park [12]
1884 Charlie Ferguson (1) (W) 13–2 Detroit Wolverines Recreation Park [13]
1885 Charlie Ferguson (2) (L) 8–2 Providence Grays Recreation Park [14]
1886 Dan Casey (1) (L) 6–3 Washington Nationals Swampoodle Grounds [15]
1887 Ed Daily (1) (L) 4–3 New York Giants Polo Grounds I [16]
1888 Kid Gleason (1) (L) 4–3 Boston Beaneaters South End Grounds II [17]
1889 Charlie Buffinton (1) (W) 8–4 Washington Nationals Swampoodle Grounds [18]
1890 Kid Gleason (2) (W) 4–0 New York Giants Polo Grounds II [19]
1891 Kid Gleason (3) (L) 14–8 Brooklyn Grooms Philadelphia Baseball Grounds [20]
1892 Tim Keefe (1) (L) 5–4 New York Giants Philadelphia Baseball Grounds [21]
1893 Gus Weyhing (1) (W) 7–5 Brooklyn Grooms Philadelphia Baseball Grounds [22]
1894 Gus Weyhing (2) (L) 4–2 Washington Senators Boundary Field [23]
1895 Jack Taylor (1) (W) 7–6 Baltimore Orioles (NL) Union Park [24]
1896 Jack Taylor (2) (L) 7–3 Boston Beaneaters Baker Bowl [25]
1897 Al Orth (1) (W) 6–5 Boston Beaneaters South End Grounds III [26]
1898 Red Donahue (1) (L) 7–6 New York Giants Baker Bowl [27]
1899 Wiley Piatt (1) (W) 6–5 Washington Senators Baker Bowl [28]
1900 Al Orth (2) (W) 19–17 Boston Beaneaters South End Grounds III [29]
1901 Jack Dunn (1) (L) 12–7 Brooklyn Superbas Baker Bowl [30]
1902 Harry Felix (1) (L) 7–0 New York Giants Polo Grounds III [31]
1903 Chick Fraser (1) (L) 8–3 Boston Beaneaters Baker Bowl [32]
1904 Bill Duggleby (1) (W) 6–2 Boston Beaneaters Baker Bowl [33]
1905 Togie Pittinger (1) (W) 12–8 Brooklyn Superbas Washington Park III [34]
1906 Johnny Lush (1) (L) 3–2 New York Giants Baker Bowl [35]
1907 Frank Corridon (1) (W)[b] 3–0 New York Giants Polo Grounds III [36]
1908 George McQuillan (1) (L) 3–1 New York Giants Baker Bowl [37]
1909 Harry Coveleski (1) (L) 9–5 Boston Doves South End Grounds III [38]
1910 George McQuillan (2) (L) 2–0 Brooklyn Superbas Baker Bowl [39]
1911 Earl Moore (1) W 2–0 New York Giants Polo Grounds IV [40]
1912 Grover Cleveland Alexander (1) (L) 7–4 Boston Braves South End Grounds III [41]
1913 Tom Seaton (1) (W) 1–0 Brooklyn Superbas Ebbets Field [42]
1914 Grover Cleveland Alexander (2) (W) 10–1 New York Giants Baker Bowl [43]
1915* Grover Cleveland Alexander (3) (W) 3–0 Boston Braves Fenway Park [9]
1916 Grover Cleveland Alexander (4) (W) 5–4 New York Giants Baker Bowl [44]
1917 Grover Cleveland Alexander (5) (W) 6–5 Brooklyn Robins Ebbets Field [45]
1918 Erskine Mayer (1) (W) 5–2 Boston Braves Baker Bowl [46]
1919 Elmer Jacobs (1) (L) 10–7 New York Giants Baker Bowl [47]
1920 Eppa Rixey (1) L 9–2 Brooklyn Robins Ebbets Field [48]
1921 Jimmy Ring (1) ND (L) 10–8 (11) New York Giants Baker Bowl [49]
1922 Lee Meadows (1) W 7–1 Boston Braves Braves Field [50]
1923 Bill Hubbell (1) ND (T)[c] 5–5 Brooklyn Robins Ebbets Field [51]
1924 Jimmy Ring (2) ND (T)[d] 6–6 (11) Boston Braves Baker Bowl [52]
1925 Hal Carlson (1) L 3–1 Brooklyn Robins Ebbets Field [53]
1926 Hal Carlson (2) W 6–3 Boston Braves Baker Bowl [54]
1927 Hal Carlson (3) L 15–7 New York Giants Baker Bowl [55]
1928 Jimmy Ring (3) W 4–3 Brooklyn Robins Ebbets Field [56]
1929 Claude Willoughby (1) L 11–9 New York Giants Baker Bowl [57]
1930 Les Sweetland (1) W 1–0 Brooklyn Robins Ebbets Field [58]
1931 Hal Elliott (1) L 9–5 New York Giants Baker Bowl [59]
1932 Phil Collins (1) W 13–5 New York Giants Polo Grounds IV [60]
1933 Flint Rhem (1) L 5–4 Brooklyn Robins Baker Bowl [61]
1934 Jumbo Elliott (1) L 6–1 New York Giants Polo Grounds IV [62]
1935 Curt Davis (1) L 12–3 Brooklyn Dodgers Baker Bowl [63]
1936 Curt Davis (2) W 4–1 Boston Braves Baker Bowl [64]
1937 (1)[e] Syl Johnson (1) ND (W) 2–1 (11) Boston Braves Braves Field [65]
1937 (2)[e] Bucky Walters (1) W 1–0 Boston Braves Braves Field [65]
1938 Wayne LaMaster (1) ND (L) 12–5 Brooklyn Dodgers Baker Bowl [66]
1939 Hugh Mulcahy (1) ND (L) 7–6 (12) Boston Braves Braves Field [67]
1940 Kirby Higbe (1) W 3–1 New York Giants Polo Grounds IV [68]
1941 Cy Blanton (1) W 6–5 Boston Braves Shibe Park [69]
1942 Si Johnson (1) L 2–1 Boston Braves Shibe Park [70]
1943 Al Gerheauser (1) L 11–4 Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field [71]
1944 Dick Barrett (1) W 4–1 Brooklyn Dodgers Shibe Park [72]
1945 Ken Raffensberger (1) L 8–2 Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field [73]
1946 Oscar Judd (1) L 8–4 New York Giants Polo Grounds IV [74]
1947 Schoolboy Rowe (1) W 4–3 New York Giants Shibe Park [75]
1948 Dutch Leonard (1) W 3–1 Boston Braves Shibe Park [76]
1949 Ken Heintzelman (1) W 4–0 Boston Braves Braves Field [77]
1950* Robin Roberts (1) W 9–1 Brooklyn Dodgers Shibe Park [10]
1951 Robin Roberts (2) W 5–2 Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field [78]
1952 Robin Roberts (3) L 5–3 New York Giants Polo Grounds IV [79]
1953 Robin Roberts (4) L 4–1 Brooklyn Dodgers Connie Mack Stadium [80]
1954 Robin Roberts (5) L 4–2 Pittsburgh Pirates Forbes Field [81]
1955 Robin Roberts (6) W 4–2 New York Giants Connie Mack Stadium [82]
1956 Robin Roberts (7) W 8–6 Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field [83]
1957 Robin Roberts (8) L 7–6 Brooklyn Dodgers Connie Mack Stadium [84]
1958 Robin Roberts (9) ND (W) 5–4 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [85]
1959 Robin Roberts (10) W 2–1 Cincinnati Reds Connie Mack Stadium [86]
1960 Robin Roberts (11) L 9–4 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [87]
1961 Robin Roberts (12) L 6–2 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum [88]
1962 Art Mahaffey (1) W 12–4 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [89]
1963 Art Mahaffey (2) W 2–1 Cincinnati Reds Connie Mack Stadium [90]
1964 Dennis Bennett (1) ND (W) 5–3 New York Mets Connie Mack Stadium [91]
1965 Chris Short (1) W 2–0 Houston Astros Astrodome [92]
1966 Chris Short (2) ND (W) 3–2 (12) St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium I [93]
1967 Jim Bunning (1) L 4–2 Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field [94]
1968 Chris Short (3) W 2–0 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [95]
1969 Chris Short (4) ND (L) 7–6 Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field [96]
1970 Chris Short (5) W 2–0 Chicago Cubs Connie Mack Stadium [97]
1971 Chris Short (6) L 4–2 Pittsburgh Pirates Three Rivers Stadium [98]
1972 Steve Carlton (1) W 4–2 Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field [99]
1973 Steve Carlton (2) L 3–0 New York Mets Shea Stadium [100]
1974 Steve Carlton (3) ND (W) 5–4 New York Mets Veterans Stadium [101]
1975 Steve Carlton (4) L 2–1 New York Mets Shea Stadium [102]
1976* Jim Kaat (1) ND (L) 5–4 Pittsburgh Pirates Veterans Stadium [103]
1977* Steve Carlton (5) L 4–3 Montreal Expos Veterans Stadium [104]
1978* Steve Carlton (6) L 5–1 St. Louis Cardinals Veterans Stadium [105]
1979 Steve Carlton (7) L 8–1 St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium II [106]
1980 Steve Carlton (8) W 6–3 Montreal Expos Veterans Stadium [5]
1981* Steve Carlton (9) ND (L) 3–2 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium [107]
1982 Steve Carlton (10) L 7–2 New York Mets Veterans Stadium [108]
1983§ Steve Carlton (11) L 2–0 New York Mets Shea Stadium [7]
1984 Steve Carlton (12) W 5–0 Atlanta Braves Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium [109]
1985 Steve Carlton (13) L 6–0 Atlanta Braves Veterans Stadium [110]
1986 Steve Carlton (14) L 7–4 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium [111]
1987 Shane Rawley (1) L 6–0 Atlanta Braves Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium [112]
1988 Shane Rawley (2) L 5–3 Pittsburgh Pirates Veterans Stadium [113]
1989 Floyd Youmans (1) L 5–3 Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field [114]
1990 Bruce Ruffin (1) ND (L) 2–1 Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field [115]
1991 Terry Mulholland (1) L 2–1 New York Mets Shea Stadium [116]
1992 Terry Mulholland (2) L 4–3 Chicago Cubs Veterans Stadium [117]
1993§ Terry Mulholland (3) W 3–1 Houston Astros Astrodome [11]
1994 Curt Schilling (1) ND (W) 12–6 Colorado Rockies Mile High Stadium [118]
1995 Curt Schilling (2) ND (L) 7–6 St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium II [119]
1996 Sid Fernandez (1) L 5–3 Colorado Rockies Veterans Stadium [120]
1997 Curt Schilling (3) W 3–0 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium [121]
1998 Curt Schilling (4) ND (L) 1–0 (14) New York Mets Shea Stadium [122]
1999 Curt Schilling (5) W 7–4 Atlanta Braves Turner Field [123]
2000 Andy Ashby (1) L 6–4 Arizona Diamondbacks Bank One Ballpark [124]
2001 Omar Daal (1) ND (W) 6–5 (13) Florida Marlins Pro Player Stadium [125]
2002 Robert Person (1) L 7–2 Atlanta Braves Turner Field [126]
2003 Kevin Millwood (1) W 8–5 Florida Marlins Pro Player Stadium [127]
2004 Kevin Millwood (2) L 2–1 Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Park [128]
2005 Jon Lieber (1) W 8–4 Washington Nationals Citizens Bank Park [129]
2006 Jon Lieber (2) L 13–5 St. Louis Cardinals Citizens Bank Park [130]
2007* Brett Myers (1) ND (L) 5–3 Atlanta Braves Citizens Bank Park [131]
2008 Brett Myers (2) ND (L) 11–6 Washington Nationals Citizens Bank Park [6]
2009§ Brett Myers (3) L 4–1 Atlanta Braves Citizens Bank Park [132]
2010* Roy Halladay (1) W 11–1 Washington Nationals Nationals Park [133]
2011* Roy Halladay (2) ND (W) 5–4 Houston Astros Citizens Bank Park [134]
2012 Roy Halladay (3) W 1-0 Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Park [135]
2013 Cole Hamels (1) L 7–5 Atlanta Braves Turner Field [136]

Footnotes

  • a Ties were technically possible in baseball until several rule changes beginning in 2007; however, ties were rare in practice due to the extra-innings rules.[137]
  • b In 1907, the Giants forfeited the opening day game to the Phillies, who won 3–0.[36]
  • c In 1923, the opening day game ended in a tie with the Brooklyn Robins, 5–5. The teams played again the following day, with the Robins defeating the Phillies, 6–5.[51]
  • d In 1924, the opening day game ended in a tie with the Boston Braves, 6–6.[52] The teams played again the following day, with the Braves defeating the Phillies, 4–3, in 10 innings.[138]
  • e In 1937, the Phillies played the Boston Braves in a doubleheader on Opening Day, winning both games. Reliever Syl Johnson started game one, but did not factor in the decision, as the game went to 11 innings. Starter Bucky Walters won game two.[65]

See also

References

External links

  • Philadelphia Phillies official website
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