List of Chicago Cubs Opening Day starting pitchers

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Carlos Zambrano was the Cubs' Opening Day starting pitcher from 2005 to 2010.

The Chicago Cubs are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Chicago, Illinois that plays in the National League Central division. In the history of the franchise, it has also played under the names Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts and Chicago Orphans. 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 often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season,[1] though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day.[2] The Cubs have used 68 different starting pitchers on Opening Day since they first became a Major League team in 1876. The Cubs have a record of 74 wins, 60 losses and 2 ties in their Opening Day games.

The Cubs have played in seven different home ball parks.[3] They have played at their current home, Wrigley Field, since 1916.[3] They have a record of 22 wins, 21 losses and 1 tie in Opening Day games at Wrigley Field. They had an Opening Day record of six wins, one loss and one tie at their other home ball parks, for a total home record in Opening Day games of 28 wins, 22 losses and 2 ties. Their record in Opening Day away games is 46 wins and 38 losses.

Ferguson Jenkins holds the Cubs record for most Opening Day starts with seven, in which his record was two wins, two losses and three no decisions. Carlos Zambrano has made six Opening Day starts. Larry Corcoran, Clark Griffith, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Charlie Root and Rick Sutcliffe have each made five Opening Day starts for the Cubs. Orval Overall, Lon Warneke, Bob Rush, Larry Jackson and Rick Reuschel each made four Opening Day starts for the Cubs, and Bill Hutchinson, Jon Lieber, Claude Passeau, Jack Taylor and Hippo Vaughn each made three such starts. Jeff Samardzija is the Cubs' most recent Opening Day starting pitcher, earning a win in the team's 2013 opener.[4]

Five Cubs' Opening Day starting pitchers have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame: Griffith, Alexander, Jenkins, Al Spalding and John Clarkson.[5] In addition, 300–game winner Greg Maddux was the Cubs' Opening Day starting pitcher in 1992.[6] The Cubs have won the modern World Series championship twice, in 1907 and 1908.[7] Overall was the Cubs' Opening Day starting pitcher both seasons, and the Cubs won both of those Opening Day games.[8][9] Don Cardwell was the Cubs' Opening Day starting pitcher against the Houston Colt .45s on April 10, 1962, the first game in Houston's history.[10][11] The Cubs lost the game by a score of 11–2.[10][11]

Key[edit]

Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Cubs season.
W Win
L Loss
T Tie game
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Cubs won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Cubs lost game
(W) Cubs won game; no information on starting pitcher's decision
(L) Cubs lost game; no information on starting pitcher's decision
Final score Game score with Cubs runs listed first
Location Stadium in italics for home game
(#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Cubs
* Advanced to the post-season
** National League Champions
World Series Champions

Pitchers[edit]

African-American man wearing a blue shirt and a white sportsjacket riding on a blue vehicle.
Ferguson Jenkins made seven Opening Day starts for the Cubs.
White man with beard and mustache standing on a baseball field with his hand in his mouth, wearing a white Cubs uniform with blue pinstripes and no cap.
Rick Sutcliffe made five Opening Day starts for the Cubs.
A pitcher finishing his delivery.  Pitcher appears to be throwing on the sidelines.
Grover Cleveland Alexander made five Opening Day starts for the Cubs.
Baseball card showing a head shot of a man facing forward wearing a white hat with a "C" on it.  The card says "Cubs" in the upper right corner and says "Ed Reulbach of the Chicago Nationals" on the bottom.
Ed Reulbach was the Cubs' Opening Day starting pitcher in 1911.
Baseball card showing a head shot of a man facing forward wearing a white hat with a "C" on it.  The card says "Cubs" in the upper right corner and says "Orval Overall of the Chicago Nationals" on the bottom.
Orval Overall made four Opening Day starts for the Cubs.
White man in medium shot.  Man has receding hairline and mustache.  He is wearing a collared shirt and a button down sweater or pinstriped jacket.
John Clarkson made two Opening Day starts for the Cubs.
Baseball card with photo of full shot of man standing wearing a baseball uniform.  The cap is dark and the shirt says "Indianapolis".  Near the top of the photo are the words "Old Judge Cigarettes" and near the bottom are the words :CORCORAN, P, Indianapolis.  At the bottom of the card beneath the photo it states "GOODWIN & CO. New York.
Larry Corcoran made five Opening Day starts for the Cubs.
Closeup sketch of man with dark hair and a handlebar mustache.  Man's head is turned 3/4 towards the camera and he is wearing a jacket and collar.
Fred Goldsmith was the Cubs' Opening Day starting pitcher in 1883.
Season Pitcher Decision Final
score
Opponent Location Ref(s)
1876** Spalding, AlAl Spalding (W) 4–0 Louisville Grays Louisville Baseball Park [12]
1877 Bradley, GeorgeGeorge Bradley (W) 6–5 Hartford Dark Blues 23rd Street Grounds [13]
1878 Larkin, TerryTerry Larkin (W) 5–4 Indianapolis Blues South Street Park [14]
1879 Larkin, TerryTerry Larkin (2) (W) 4–3 Syracuse Stars Lake Front Park [15]
1880** Corcoran, LarryLarry Corcoran (W) 4–3 Cincinnati Reds Bank Street Grounds [16][17]
1881** Corcoran, LarryLarry Corcoran (2) (W) 8–5 Cleveland Spiders Lake Front Park [18]
1882** Corcoran, LarryLarry Corcoran (3) L 5–7 Buffalo Bisons Riverside Grounds [19]
1883 Goldsmith, FredFred Goldsmith (W) 7–4 Detroit Wolverines Recreation Park [20]
1884 Corcoran, LarryLarry Corcoran (4) (L) 3–15 New York Gothams Polo Grounds [21]
1885** Corcoran, LarryLarry Corcoran (5) L 2–3 St. Louis Maroons Union Grounds [22]
1886** Clarkson, JohnJohn Clarkson (W) 6–5 Kansas City Cowboys Association Park [23]
1887 Clarkson, JohnJohn Clarkson (2) (L) 2–6 Pittsburgh Pirates Recreation Park [24]
1888 Van Haltren, GeorgeGeorge Van Haltren W 5–4 Indianapolis Hoosiers Seventh Street Park [25]
1889 Hutchinson, BillBill Hutchinson (L) 5–8 Pittsburgh Pirates Recreation Park [26]
1890 Hutchinson, BillBill Hutchinson (2) (W) 5–4 Cincinnati Reds League Park [27]
1891 Luby, PatPat Luby (W) 7–6 Pittsburgh Pirates Exposition Park [28]
1892 Gumbert, AdAd Gumbert (W) 14–10 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [29]
1893 McGill, WillieWillie McGill (L) 1–10 Cincinnati Reds League Park [30]
1894 Hutchinson, BillBill Hutchinson (3) (L) 6–10 Cincinnati Reds League Park [31]
1895 Griffith, ClarkClark Griffith (W) 10–7 St. Louis Browns Robison Field [32]
1896 Friend, DannyDanny Friend (W) 4–2 Louisville Colonels Eclipse Park [33]
1897 Griffith, ClarkClark Griffith (2) L 7–8 Cincinnati Reds League Park [34]
1898 Griffith, ClarkClark Griffith (3) (W) 2–1 St. Louis Browns Robison Field [35]
1899 Griffith, ClarkClark Griffith (4) (W) 15–1 Louisville Colonels Eclipse Park [36]
1900 Griffith, ClarkClark Griffith (5) (W) 13–10 Cincinnati Reds League Park [37]
1901 Taylor, JackJack Taylor (W) 8–7 St. Louis Cardinals Robison Field [38]
1902 Taylor, JackJack Taylor (2) W 6–1 Cincinnati Reds Palace of the Fans [39]
1903 Taylor, JackJack Taylor (3) L 1–2 St. Louis Cardinals Robison Field [40]
1904 Weimer, JakeJake Weimer (L) 2–3 Cincinnati Reds Palace of the Fans [41]
1905 Lundgren, CarlCarl Lundgren (W) 6–1 St. Louis Cardinals Robison Field [42]
1906** Lundgren, CarlCarl Lundgren (2) (W) 7–2 Cincinnati Reds Palace of the Fans [43]
1907 Overall, OrvalOrval Overall (W) 6–1 St. Louis Cardinals West Side Park II [8]
1908 Overall, OrvalOrval Overall (2) (W) 6–5 Cincinnati Reds Palace of the Fans [9]
1909 Overall, OrvalOrval Overall (3) (W) 3–1 St. Louis Cardinals West Side Park II [44]
1910** Overall, OrvalOrval Overall (4) (L) 0–1 Cincinnati Reds Palace of the Fans [45]
1911 Reulbach, EdEd Reulbach T 3–3 St. Louis Cardinals West Side Park II [46][47]
1912 Cole, KingKing Cole (L) 6–10 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [48]
1913 Lavender, JimmyJimmy Lavender (L) 3–5 St. Louis Cardinals West Side Park II [49]
1914 Cheney, LarryLarry Cheney (L) 1–10 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [50]
1915 Vaughn, HippoHippo Vaughn (W) 7–2 St. Louis Cardinals West Side Park II [51]
1916 McConnell, GeorgeGeorge McConnell (W) 7–1 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [52]
1917 Vaughn, HippoHippo Vaughn (2) (W) 5–3 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field [53]
1918** Alexander, Grover ClevelandGrover Cleveland Alexander (L) 2–4 St. Louis Cardinals Robison Field [54]
1919 Vaughn, HippoHippo Vaughn (3) (W) 5–1 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field [55]
1920 Alexander, Grover ClevelandGrover Cleveland Alexander (2) (L) 3–7 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [56]
1921 Alexander, Grover ClevelandGrover Cleveland Alexander (3) W 5–2 St. Louis Cardinals Wrigley Field [57][58]
1922 Alexander, Grover ClevelandGrover Cleveland Alexander (4) W 7–3 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [59][60]
1923 Osborne, TinyTiny Osborne L 2–3 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field [61][62]
1924 Aldridge, VicVic Aldridge L 5–6 St. Louis Cardinals Sportsman's Park [63][64]
1925 Alexander, Grover ClevelandGrover Cleveland Alexander (5) W 8–2 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field [65][66]
1926 Cooper, WilburWilbur Cooper ND (L) 6–7 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [67][68]
1927 Root, CharleyCharley Root W 10–1 St. Louis Cardinals Wrigley Field [69][70]
1928 Root, CharleyCharley Root (2) L 1–5 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [71][72]
1929** Root, CharleyCharley Root (3) L 3–4 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field [73][74]
1930 Blake, SheriffSheriff Blake W 9–8 St. Louis Cardinals Sportsman's Park [75]
1931 Root, CharleyCharley Root (4) W 6–2 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field [76]
1932** Root, CharleyCharley Root (5) (L) 4–5 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [77]
1933 Warneke, LonLon Warneke W 3–0 St. Louis Cardinals Wrigley Field [78]
1934 Warneke, LonLon Warneke (2) W 6–0 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [79]
1935** Warneke, LonLon Warneke (3) W 4–3 St. Louis Cardinals Wrigley Field [80]
1936 Warneke, LonLon Warneke (4) W 12–7 St. Louis Cardinals Sportsman's Park [81]
1937 French, LarryLarry French (L) 0–5 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field [82]
1938** Bryant, ClayClay Bryant ND (W) 3–2 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [83]
1939 Lee, BillBill Lee W 4–2 St. Louis Cardinals Sportsman's Park [84]
1940 Lee, BillBill Lee (2) (L) 1–2 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [85]
1941 Passeau, ClaudeClaude Passeau W 7–4 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field [86]
1942 Passeau, ClaudeClaude Passeau (2) W 5–4 St. Louis Cardinals Sportsman's Park [87]
1943 Derringer, PaulPaul Derringer (L) 0–6 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field [88]
1944 Wyse, HankHank Wyse W 3–0 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [89]
1945** Derringer, PaulPaul Derringer (2) W 3–2 St. Louis Cardinals Wrigley Field [90]
1946 Passeau, ClaudeClaude Passeau (3) ND (W) 4–3 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [91]
1947 Borowy, HankHank Borowy (L) 0–1 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field [92]
1948 Meyer, RussRuss Meyer (L) 2–3 Pittsburgh Pirates Forbes Field [93]
1949 Leonard, DutchDutch Leonard (L) 9–6 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field [94]
1950 Schmitz, JohnnyJohnny Schmitz ND (W) 9–6 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [95]
1951 Hiller, FrankFrank Hiller ND (W) 8–3 Cincinnati Reds Wrigley Field [96]
1952 Minner, PaulPaul Minner ND (W) 6–5 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [97]
1953 Rush, BobBob Rush W 3–2 Cincinnati Reds Wrigley Field [98]
1954 Minner, PaulPaul Minner (2) W 13–4 St. Louis Cardinals Sportsman's Park [99]
1955 Rush, BobBob Rush (2) ND (W) 7–5 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [100]
1956 Rush, BobBob Rush (3) L 0–6 Milwaukee Braves County Stadium [101]
1957 Rush, BobBob Rush (4) L 1–4 Milwaukee Braves Wrigley Field [102]
1958 Brosnan, JimJim Brosnan W 4–0 St. Louis Cardinals Sportsman's Park [103]
1959 Anderson, BobBob Anderson W 6–2 Los Angeles Dodgers Wrigley Field [104]
1960 Anderson, BobBob Anderson (2) ND (L) 2–3 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum [105]
1961 Hobbie, GlenGlen Hobbie L 1–7 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [106]
1962 Cardwell, DonDon Cardwell L 2–11 Houston Colt .45s Colt Stadium [10]
1963 Jackson, LarryLarry Jackson L 1–5 Los Angeles Dodgers Wrigley Field [107]
1964 Jackson, LarryLarry Jackson (2) W 8–4 Pittsburgh Pirates Forbes Field [108]
1965 Jackson, LarryLarry Jackson (3) T 10–10 St. Louis Cardinals Wrigley Field [109]
1966 Jackson, LarryLarry Jackson (4) L 1–9 San Francisco Giants Candlestick Park [110]
1967 Jenkins, FergusonFerguson Jenkins W 4–2 Philadelphia Phillies Wrigley Field [111]
1968 Niekro, JoeJoe Niekro L 4–9 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [112]
1969 Jenkins, FergusonFerguson Jenkins (2) ND (W) 7–6 Philadelphia Phillies Wrigley Field [113]
1970 Jenkins, FergusonFerguson Jenkins (3) L 0–2 Philadelphia Phillies Connie Mack Stadium [114]
1971 Jenkins, FergusonFerguson Jenkins (4) W 2–1 St. Louis Cardinals Wrigley Field [115]
1972 Jenkins, FergusonFerguson Jenkins (5) ND (L) 2–4 Philadelphia Phillies Wrigley Field [116]
1973 Jenkins, FergusonFerguson Jenkins (6) ND (W) 3–2 Montreal Expos Wrigley Field [117]
1974 Bonham, BillBill Bonham W 2–0 Philadelphia Phillies Wrigley Field [118]
1975 Bonham, BillBill Bonham (2) ND (L) 4–8 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field [119]
1976 Burris, RayRay Burris L 0–5 St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium [120]
1977 Burris, RayRay Burris (2) L 3–5 New York Mets Wrigley Field [121]
1978 Reuschel, RickRick Reuschel L 0–1 Pittsburgh Pirates Three Rivers Stadium [122]
1979 Reuschel, RickRick Reuschel (2) L 6–10 New York Mets Wrigley Field [123]
1980 Reuschel, RickRick Reuschel (3) L 2–5 New York Mets Shea Stadium [124]
1981 Reuschel, RickRick Reuschel (4) L 0–2 New York Mets Wrigley Field [125]
1982 Bird, DougDoug Bird W 3–2 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium [126]
1983 Jenkins, FergusonFerguson Jenkins (7) L 0–3 Montreal Expos Wrigley Field [127]
1984* Ruthven, DickDick Ruthven W 5–3 San Francisco Giants Candlestick Park [128]
1985 Sutcliffe, RickRick Sutcliffe W 2–1 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field [129]
1986 Sutcliffe, RickRick Sutcliffe (2) L 1–2 St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium [130]
1987 Sutcliffe, RickRick Sutcliffe (3) L 3–9 St. Louis Cardinals Wrigley Field [131]
1988 Sutcliffe, RickRick Sutcliffe (4) ND (W) 10–9 Atlanta Braves Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium [132]
1989* Sutcliffe, RickRick Sutcliffe (5) W 5–4 Philadelphia Phillies Wrigley Field [133]
1990 Bielecki, MikeMike Bielecki ND (W) 2–1 Philadelphia Phillies Wrigley Field [134]
1991 Jackson, DannyDanny Jackson L 1–4 St. Louis Cardinals Wrigley Field [135]
1992 Maddux, GregGreg Maddux W 4–3 Philadelphia Phillies Veterans Stadium [6]
1993 Morgan, MikeMike Morgan L 0–1 Atlanta Braves Wrigley Field [136]
1994 Morgan, MikeMike Morgan (2) L 8–12 New York Mets Wrigley Field [137]
1995 Bullinger, JimJim Bullinger W 7–1 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium [138]
1996 Navarro, JaimeJaime Navarro W 5–4 San Diego Padres Wrigley Field [139]
1997 Mulholland, TerryTerry Mulholland L 2–4 Florida Marlins Pro Player Stadium [140]
1998* Tapani, KevinKevin Tapani L 6–11 Florida Marlins Pro Player Stadium [141]
1999 Trachsel, SteveSteve Trachsel L 2–4 Houston Astros Astrodome [142]
2000 Lieber, JonJon Lieber W 5–3 New York Mets Tokyo Dome [143]
2001 Lieber, JonJon Lieber (2) ND (L) 4–5 Montreal Expos Wrigley Field [144]
2002 Lieber, JonJon Lieber (3) ND (L) 4–5 Cincinnati Reds Cinergy Field [145]
2003* Wood, KerryKerry Wood W 15–2 New York Mets Shea Stadium [146][147]
2004 Wood, KerryKerry Wood (2) W 7–4 Cincinnati Reds Great American Ball Park [148][149]
2005 Zambrano, CarlosCarlos Zambrano ND (W) 16–6 Arizona Diamondbacks Bank One Ballpark [150][151]
2006 Zambrano, CarlosCarlos Zambrano (2) ND (W) 16–7 Cincinnati Reds Great American Ball Park [152][153]
2007* Zambrano, CarlosCarlos Zambrano (3) L 1–5 Cincinnati Reds Great American Ball Park [154][155]
2008* Zambrano, CarlosCarlos Zambrano (4) ND (L) 3–4 Milwaukee Brewers Wrigley Field [156][157]
2009 Zambrano, CarlosCarlos Zambrano (5) W 4–2 Houston Astros Minute Maid Park [158][159]
2010 Zambrano, CarlosCarlos Zambrano (6) L 5–16 Atlanta Braves Turner Field [160]
2011 Dempster, RyanRyan Dempster L 3–6 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field [161]
2012 Dempster, RyanRyan Dempster (2) ND 1–2 Washington Nationals Wrigley Field [162]
2013 Samardzija, JeffJeff Samardzija W 3–1 Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Park [4]

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