List of Cleveland Indians Opening Day starting pitchers

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Bob Feller made seven Opening Day starts for the Cleveland Indians.

The Cleveland Indians are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Cleveland, Ohio. They play in the American League Central division. The first game of the new baseball season is played on Opening Day, and being named the starter that day 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] Since joining the league in 1901, the Indians have used 58 different Opening Day starting pitchers which includes the Opening Day starting pitchers from the Bluebirds and the Naps. They have a record of 58 wins and 54 losses in their Opening Day games.[3][4]

The Indians have played in three different home ball parks, League Park from 1901 through 1946, Cleveland Stadium from 1932 to 1993, and Progressive Field since 1994. From 1934 through 1946 some games were played at League Park and some at Cleveland Stadium. They had a record of 11 wins and 4 losses in Opening Day games at League Park, 9 wins and 13 losses at Cleveland Stadium and 2 wins and 4 losses at Progressive Field, for a total home record in Opening Day games of 22 wins and 21 losses.[3] Their record in Opening Day away games is 35 wins and 35 losses.[3][5][6]

Bob Feller has the most Opening Day starts for the Indians, with seven. Stan Coveleski had six Opening Day starts for the Indians, Bob Lemon and C.C. Sabathia each had five Opening Day starts, and Addie Joss, Willie Mitchell, Gaylord Perry and Charles Nagy each had four.[3] Several Baseball Hall of Famers have made Opening Day starts for the Indians, including Feller, Coveleski, Lemon, Joss, Gaylord Perry, Dennis Eckersley and Early Wynn.[7] Brothers Jim Perry and Gaylord Perry each made Opening Day starts for the Indians.[3][8][9] Jim Perry started on Opening Day in 1961 and Gaylord Perry made Opening Day starts in 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975.[3]

The Indians have played in the World Series five times. They won in 1920 and 1948, and lost in 1954, 1995 and 1997.[10] Coveleski was the Opening Day starting pitcher in 1920, Feller in 1948, Wynn in 1954, Dennis Martínez in 1995 and Nagy in 1997. The Indians won all five Opening Day games in those seasons.[3] The Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays currently hold the record for the longest Opening Day game in Major League history. They set that record on Opening Day 2012, when the game lasted 16 innings. This broke the previous record of 15 innings between the Indians and the Detroit Tigers in 1960.[11]

Key[edit]

A baseball scoreboard with a skyline in the background
Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians since 1994
W Win
L Loss
T Tie game
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Indians won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Indians lost game
(W) Indians won game; no information on starting pitcher's decision
(L) Indians lost game; no information on starting pitcher's decision
Final score Game score with Indians runs listed first
Location Stadium in italics with double-dagger for home game
(No.) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Indians
* Advanced to the post-season
** American League champions
dagger World Series champions

Pitchers[edit]

A man on a pitcher's mound
Addie Joss made four Opening Day starts for the Indians.
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Willie Mitchell made four Opening Day starts for the Indians.
A man on a pitcher's mound
Stan Coveleski made six Opening Day starts for the Indians.
A man in a pitching motion
C.C. Sabathia made five Opening Day starts for the Indians.
A man in a pitching motion
Cliff Lee was the Indians' Opening Day starter in 2009.
Justin Masterson medium shot
Justin Masterson was the Indians' Opening Day starting pitcher in 2012.
Season Pitcher Decision Final
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Opponent Location Ref(s)
1901 Hoffer, BillBill Hoffer (L) 2–8 Chicago White Sox South Side Park [12]
1902 Moore, EarlEarl Moore (L) 2–5 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [13]
1903 Joss, AddieAddie Joss (L) 2–4 Detroit Tigers Bennett Park [14]
1904 Bernhard, BillBill Bernhard (W) 6–1 Chicago White Sox South Side Park [15]
1905 Moore, EarlEarl Moore (2) (W) 6–2 Detroit Tigers League Parkdouble-dagger [16]
1906 Hess, OttoOtto Hess (W) 3–1 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [17]
1907 Liebhardt, GlennGlenn Liebhardt (L) 0–2 Detroit Tigers Bennett Park [18]
1908 Joss, AddieAddie Joss (2) (L) 1–2 St. Louis Browns League Parkdouble-dagger [19]
1909 Joss, AddieAddie Joss (3) (W) 4–2 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [20]
1910 Joss, AddieAddie Joss (4) (W) 9–7 Detroit Tigers Bennett Park [21]
1911 Blanding, FredFred Blanding (L) 3–12 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [22]
1912 Mitchell, WillieWillie Mitchell (W) 3–2 Detroit Tigers League Parkdouble-dagger [23]
1913 Gregg, VeanVean Gregg (W) 3–1 Chicago White Sox League Parkdouble-dagger [24]
1914 Mitchell, WillieWillie Mitchell (2) (L) 2–5 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [25]
1915 Mitchell, WillieWillie Mitchell (3) (W) 5–1 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [26]
1916 Mitchell, WillieWillie Mitchell (4) (L) 1–6 St. Louis Browns League Parkdouble-dagger [27]
1917 Coveleski, StanStan Coveleski (W) 6–4 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [28]
1918 Coveleski, StanStan Coveleski (2) (W) 6–2 Detroit Tigers League Parkdouble-dagger [29]
1919 Coveleski, StanStan Coveleski (3) (L) 2–4 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [30]
1920dagger Coveleski, StanStan Coveleski (4) W 5–0 St. Louis Browns League Parkdouble-dagger [31]
1921 Coveleski, StanStan Coveleski (5) L 2–4 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [32]
1922 Morton, GuyGuy Morton W 7–4 Detroit Tigers League Parkdouble-dagger [33]
1923 Coveleski, StanStan Coveleski (6) ND (W) 6–5 Chicago White Sox League Parkdouble-dagger [34]
1924 Shaute, JoeJoe Shaute L 3–4 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [35]
1925 Smith, SherrySherry Smith ND (W) 21–14 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [36]
1926 Uhle, GeorgeGeorge Uhle W 2–1 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [37]
1927 Uhle, GeorgeGeorge Uhle (2) W 3–2 Chicago White Sox League Parkdouble-dagger [38]
1928 Uhle, GeorgeGeorge Uhle (3) W 8–2 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [39]
1929 Shaute, JoeJoe Shaute ND (W) 5–4 Detroit Tigers League Parkdouble-dagger [40]
1930 Hudlin, WillisWillis Hudlin (L) 7–8 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [41]
1931 Ferrell, WesWes Ferrell W 5–4 Chicago White Sox League Parkdouble-dagger [42]
1932 Ferrell, WesWes Ferrell (2) W 6–5 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [43]
1933 Brown, ClintClint Brown W 4–1 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [44]
1934 Hildebrand, OralOral Hildebrand W 5–2 St. Louis Browns League Parkdouble-dagger [45][46]
1935 Harder, MelMel Harder (2) W 2–1 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [47]
1936 Harder, MelMel Harder (3) (L) 0–3 Detroit Tigers League Parkdouble-dagger [48][49]
1937 Harder, MelMel Harder (L) 3–4 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [50]
1938 Allen, JohnnyJohnny Allen (L) 2–6 St. Louis Browns League Parkdouble-dagger [51][52]
1939 Feller, BobBob Feller W 5–1 Detroit Tigers Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [53][54]
1940 Feller, BobBob Feller (2) W 1–0 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [55]
1941 Feller, BobBob Feller (3) (L) 3–4 Chicago White Sox Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [56][57]
1942 Bagby, JimJim Bagby W 5–2 Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [58]
1943 Bagby, JimJim Bagby (2) W 1–0 Detroit Tigers Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [59][60]
1944 Smith, AlAl Smith (L) 1–3 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [61]
1945 Reynolds, AllieAllie Reynolds (L) 2–5 Chicago White Sox Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [62][63]
1946 Feller, BobBob Feller (4) W 1–0 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [64]
1947 Feller, BobBob Feller (5) (L) 0–2 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [65]
1948dagger Feller, BobBob Feller (6) W 4–0 St. Louis Browns Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [66]
1949 Feller, BobBob Feller (7) (L) 1–5 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [67]
1950 Lemon, BobBob Lemon (L) 6–7 Detroit Tigers Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [68]
1951 Lemon, BobBob Lemon (2) W 2–1 Detroit Tigers Briggs Stadium [69]
1952 Wynn, EarlyEarly Wynn W 3–2 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [70]
1953 Lemon, BobBob Lemon (3) W 6–0 Chicago White Sox Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [71]
1954** Wynn, EarlyEarly Wynn (2) W 8–2 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [72]
1955 Lemon, BobBob Lemon (4) W 5–1 Chicago White Sox Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [73]
1956 Lemon, BobBob Lemon (5) L 1–2 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [74]
1957 Score, HerbHerb Score L 2–3 Chicago White Sox Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [75]
1958 Score, HerbHerb Score (2) L 0–5 Kansas City Athletics Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [76]
1959 Bell, GaryGary Bell W 6–4 Kansas City Athletics Municipal Stadium [77]
1960 Bell, GaryGary Bell (2) ND (L) 2–4 Detroit Tigers Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [78]
1961 Perry, JimJim Perry W 9–5 Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [79]
1962 Donovan, DickDick Donovan W 4–0 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [80]
1963 Grant, MudcatMudcat Grant W 5–4 Minnesota Twins Metropolitan Stadium [81]
1964 Grant, MudcatMudcat Grant (2) ND (L) 6–7 Minnesota Twins Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [82]
1965 Terry, RalphRalph Terry W 7–1 California Angels Dodger Stadium [83]
1966 McDowell, SamSam McDowell W 5–2 Washington Senators Robert F. Kennedy Stadium [84]
1967 McDowell, SamSam McDowell (2) ND (L) 3–4 Kansas City Athletics Municipal Stadium [85]
1968 Siebert, SonnySonny Siebert W 9–0 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [86]
1969 Tiant, LuisLuis Tiant L 2–6 Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [87]
1970 McDowell, SamSam McDowell (3) L 2–8 Baltimore Orioles Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [88]
1971 Hargan, SteveSteve Hargan L 2–8 Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [89]
1972 Perry, GaylordGaylord Perry L 1–5 Milwaukee Brewers Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [90]
1973 Perry, GaylordGaylord Perry (2) W 2–1 Detroit Tigers Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [91]
1974 Perry, GaylordGaylord Perry (3) L 1–6 New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [92]
1975 Perry, GaylordGaylord Perry (4) W 5–3 New York Yankees Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [93]
1976 Eckersley, DennisDennis Eckersley L 1–3 Detroit Tigers Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [94]
1977 Eckersley, DennisDennis Eckersley (2) ND (W) 5–4 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [95]
1978 Garland, WayneWayne Garland W 8–5 Kansas City Royals Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [96]
1979 Wise, RickRick Wise L 1–7 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [97]
1980 Spillner, DanDan Spillner L 2–10 California Angels Anaheim Stadium [98]
1981 Blyleven, BertBert Blyleven L 3–5 Milwaukee Brewers Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [99]
1982 Waits, RickRick Waits L 3–8 Texas Rangers Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [100]
1983 Sutcliffe, RickRick Sutcliffe W 8–5 Oakland Athletics Oakland Coliseum [101]
1984 Sutcliffe, RickRick Sutcliffe (2) W 9–1 Texas Rangers Arlington Stadium [102]
1985 Blyleven, BertBert Blyleven (2) ND (L) 4–5 Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [103]
1986 Schrom, KenKen Schrom W 6–4 Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [104]
1987 Candiotti, TomTom Candiotti L 3–4 Toronto Blue Jays Exhibition Stadium [105]
1988 Candiotti, TomTom Candiotti (2) ND (L) 3–4 Texas Rangers Arlington Stadium [106]
1989 Swindell, GregGreg Swindell W 2–1 Milwaukee Brewers Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [107]
1990 Black, BudBud Black ND (L) 4–6 New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [108]
1991 Swindell, GregGreg Swindell (2) L 2–4 Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [109]
1992 Nagy, CharlesCharles Nagy L 0–2 Baltimore Orioles Camden Yards [110]
1993 Nagy, CharlesCharles Nagy (2) L 1–9 New York Yankees Cleveland Stadiumdouble-dagger [111]
1994 Martínez, DennisDennis Martínez ND (W) 4–3 Seattle Mariners Jacobs Fielddouble-dagger [112]
1995** Martínez, DennisDennis Martínez (2) W 11–6 Texas Rangers Rangers Ballpark in Arlington [113]
1996* Martínez, DennisDennis Martínez (3) L 1–7 New York Yankees Jacobs Fielddouble-dagger [114]
1997** Nagy, CharlesCharles Nagy (3) ND (W) 9–7 Oakland Athletics Oakland Coliseum [115]
1998* Nagy, CharlesCharles Nagy (4) ND (W) 10–9 Seattle Mariners Kingdome [116]
1999* Wright, JaretJaret Wright ND (L) 5–6 Anaheim Angels Angel Stadium of Anaheim [117]
2000 Colón, BartoloBartolo Colón W 4–1 Baltimore Orioles Camden Yards [118]
2001* Colón, BartoloBartolo Colón (2) L 4–7 Chicago White Sox Jacobs Fielddouble-dagger [119]
2002 Colón, BartoloBartolo Colón (3) W 6–0 Anaheim Angels Angel Stadium of Anaheim [120]
2003 Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia ND (L) 5–6 Baltimore Orioles Camden Yards [121]
2004 Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia (2) ND (L) 4–7 Minnesota Twins Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [122]
2005 Westbrook, JakeJake Westbrook L 0–1 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [123]
2006 Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia (3) ND (L) 4–10 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [124]
2007* Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia (4) W 12–5 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [125]
2008 Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia (5) ND (W) 10–8 Chicago White Sox Progressive Fielddouble-dagger [126]
2009 Lee, CliffCliff Lee L 1–9 Texas Rangers Rangers Ballpark in Arlington [5]
2010 Westbrook, JakeJake Westbrook (2) L 0–6 Chicago White Sox U.S. Cellular Field [6]
2011 Carmona, FaustoFausto Carmona L 10–15 Chicago White Sox Progressive Fielddouble-dagger [127]
2012 Masterson, JustinJustin Masterson ND (L) 4–7 Toronto Blue Jays Progressive Fielddouble-dagger [11]
2013* Masterson, JustinJustin Masterson (2) W 4–1 Toronto Blue Jays Rogers Centre [128]
2014 Masterson, JustinJustin Masterson (3) ND (W) 2–0 Oakland Athletics O.co Coliseum [129]

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