List of New York Yankees Opening Day starting pitchers

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The New York Yankees are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in The Bronx, New York City, New York. They play in the American League East division. 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 Yankees have used 57 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 110 seasons. Since the franchise's beginning in 1901, the 58 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 57 wins, 36 losses, 1 tie (57–36–1), and 17 no decisions.[3][4] No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game. Although in modern baseball, ties are rare due to extra innings, in 1910, New York's Opening Game against the Boston Red Sox was declared a tie due to darkness – at the time, Hilltop Park had lacked adequate lighting.[5]

Whitey Ford, Ron Guidry, and Mel Stottlemyre hold the Yankees record for most Opening Day starts with seven.[3] The other pitchers with three or more Opening Day starts for New York are Lefty Gomez (6), Red Ruffing (5), Jack Chesbro (4), Roger Clemens (4), Bob Shawkey (4), Ray Caldwell (3), Jimmy Key (3), Vic Raschi (3), and most recently CC Sabathia (6).[3] Jimmy Key holds the Yankee record for best Opening Day record with a perfect 3–0.[3]

On Opening Day, Yankee pitchers have a combined record of 35–12–1 when playing at home.[3] Of those games, pitchers have a 1–0 record at Oriole Park, a 3–1–1 record at Hilltop Park, a 2–3 record from Polo Grounds, a 28–8 record at Yankee Stadium, and a 1–0 record at Shea Stadium. When on the road for Opening Day, Yankee pitchers have a combined record of 27–26.

During the 1901 and 1902 seasons, the franchise played in Baltimore as the "Baltimore Orioles". The franchise has Opening Day record of 1–1 as Baltimore. After their move to New York in 1903, the franchise was known as the New York Highlanders until 1912. As the Highlanders, they had a 6–3–1 Opening Day record.[3] For seasons in which New York would later win the World Series, the starting pitchers have a 16–8 record.[3]

Key[edit]

Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Yankees season.
W Win
L Loss
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Yankees won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Yankees lost game
T Tie
Pitcher (#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Yankees
* Advanced to the post-season
** American League champions
dagger World Series champions

Pitchers[edit]

Joe McGinnity pitched on Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles in 1901.
George McConnell was New York's Opening Day starting pitcher in 1913.
Ray Caldwell started on Opening Day in 1912, 1916 and 1917.
Andy Pettitte started on Opening Day for the New York Yankees in 1998.
Opening Day 2004 marked Mike Mussina's first and only Opening Day start for the Yankees.
Season Pitcher Decision Opponent Location Ref(s)
1901 McGinnity, JoeJoe McGinnity W Boston Americans Oriole Park [6]
1902 Hughes, TomTom Hughes L Boston Americans Huntington Avenue Grounds [7]
1903 Chesbro, JackJack Chesbro L Washington Senators American League Park [8]
1904 Chesbro, JackJack Chesbro (2) W Boston Americans Hilltop Park [9]
1905 Chesbro, JackJack Chesbro (3) W Washington Senators American League Park [10]
1906 Chesbro, JackJack Chesbro (4) W Boston Americans Hilltop Park [11]
1907 Orth, AlAl Orth W Washington Senators American League Park [12]
1908 Doyle, Slow JoeSlow Joe Doyle W Philadelphia Athletics Hilltop Park [13]
1909 Newton, DocDoc Newton L Washington Senators American League Park [14]
1910 Vaughn, HippoHippo Vaughn T Boston Red Sox Hilltop Park [5][15]
1911 Vaughn, HippoHippo Vaughn (2) W Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [16]
1912 Caldwell, RayRay Caldwell L Boston Red Sox Hilltop Park [17]
1913 McConnell, GeorgeGeorge McConnell L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [18]
1914 McHale, MartyMarty McHale W Philadelphia Athletics Polo Grounds [19]
1915 Warhop, JackJack Warhop L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [20]
1916 Caldwell, RayRay Caldwell (2) L Washington Senators Polo Grounds [21]
1917 Caldwell, RayRay Caldwell (3) L Boston Red Sox Polo Grounds [22]
1918 Mogridge, GeorgeGeorge Mogridge W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [23]
1919 Mogridge, GeorgeGeorge Mogridge (2) L Boston Red Sox Polo Grounds [24]
1920 Shawkey, BobBob Shawkey L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [25]
1921** Mays, CarlCarl Mays W Philadelphia Athletics Polo Grounds [26]
1922** Jones, Sad SamSad Sam Jones L Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [27]
1923dagger Shawkey, BobBob Shawkey (2) W Boston Red Sox Yankee Stadium [28]
1924 Shawkey, BobBob Shawkey (3) W Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [29]
1925 Shocker, UrbanUrban Shocker W Washington Senators Yankee Stadium [30]
1926** Shawkey, BobBob Shawkey (4) W Boston Red Sox Griffith Stadium [31]
1927dagger Hoyt, WaiteWaite Hoyt W Philadelphia Athletics Yankee Stadium [32]
1928dagger Pennock, HerbHerb Pennock W Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [33]
1929 Pipgras, GeorgeGeorge Pipgras W Boston Red Sox Yankee Stadium [34]
1930 Pipgras, GeorgeGeorge Pipgras (2) L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [35]
1931 Ruffing, RedRed Ruffing W Boston Red Sox Yankee Stadium [36]
1932dagger Gomez, LeftyLefty Gomez W Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [37]
1933 Gomez, LeftyLefty Gomez (2) W Boston Red Sox Yankee Stadium [38]
1934 Gomez, LeftyLefty Gomez (3) ND (L) Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [39]
1935 Gomez, LeftyLefty Gomez (4) L Boston Red Sox Yankee Stadium [40]
1936dagger Gomez, LeftyLefty Gomez (5) L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [41]
1937dagger Gomez, LeftyLefty Gomez (6) L Washington Senators Yankee Stadium [42]
1938dagger Ruffing, RedRed Ruffing (2) L Washington Senators Yankee Stadium [43]
1939dagger Ruffing, RedRed Ruffing (3) W Boston Red Sox Yankee Stadium [44]
1940 Ruffing, RedRed Ruffing (4) L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [45]
1941dagger Russo, MariusMarius Russo W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [46]
1942** Ruffing, RedRed Ruffing (5) W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [47]
1943dagger Bonham, TinyTiny Bonham ND (W) Washington Senators Yankee Stadium [48]
1944 Borowy, HankHank Borowy W Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [49]
1945 Donald, AtleyAtley Donald W Boston Red Sox Yankee Stadium [50]
1946 Chandler, SpudSpud Chandler W Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [51]
1947dagger Chandler, SpudSpud Chandler (2) L Philadelphia Athletics Yankee Stadium [52]
1948 Reynolds, AllieAllie Reynolds W Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [53]
1949dagger Lopat, EdEd Lopat W Washington Senators Yankee Stadium [54]
1950dagger Reynolds, AllieAllie Reynolds (2) ND (W) Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [55]
1951dagger Raschi, VicVic Raschi W Boston Red Sox Yankee Stadium [56]
1952dagger Raschi, VicVic Raschi (2) W Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [57]
1953dagger Raschi, VicVic Raschi (3) L Philadelphia Athletics Yankee Stadium [58]
1954 Ford, WhiteyWhitey Ford ND (L) Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [59]
1955 Ford, WhiteyWhitey Ford (2) W Washington Senators Yankee Stadium [60]
1956dagger Larsen, DonDon Larsen W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [3]
1957** Ford, WhiteyWhitey Ford (3) W Washington Senators Yankee Stadium [3]
1958dagger Larsen, DonDon Larsen (2) W Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [3]
1959 Turley, BobBob Turley W Boston Red Sox Yankee Stadium [3]
1960 Coates, JimJim Coates W Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [3]
1961dagger Ford, WhiteyWhitey Ford (4) L Minnesota Twins Yankee Stadium [3]
1962dagger Ford, WhiteyWhitey Ford (5) ND (W) Baltimore Orioles Yankee Stadium [3]
1963** Terry, RalphRalph Terry W Kansas City Athletics Municipal Stadium [3]
1964** Ford, WhiteyWhitey Ford (6) L Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [3]
1965 Bouton, JimJim Bouton ND (L) Minnesota Twins Metropolitan Stadium [3]
1966 Ford, WhiteyWhitey Ford (7) L Detroit Tigers Yankee Stadium [3]
1967 Stottlemyre, MelMel Stottlemyre W Washington Senators Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium [3]
1968 Stottlemyre, MelMel Stottlemyre (2) W California Angels Yankee Stadium [3]
1969 Stottlemyre, MelMel Stottlemyre (3) W Washington Senators Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium [3]
1970 Stottlemyre, MelMel Stottlemyre (4) L Boston Red Sox Yankee Stadium [3]
1971 Bahnsen, StanStan Bahnsen L Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [3]
1972 Stottlemyre, MelMel Stottlemyre (5) L Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [3]
1973 Stottlemyre, MelMel Stottlemyre (6) L Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [3]
1974 Stottlemyre, MelMel Stottlemyre (7) W Cleveland Indians Shea Stadium [3]
1975 Medich, DocDoc Medich L Cleveland Indians Cleveland Stadium [3]
1976** Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter L Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee County Stadium [3]
1977dagger Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter (2) W Milwaukee Brewers Yankee Stadium [3]
1978dagger Guidry, RonRon Guidry ND (L) Texas Rangers Arlington Stadium [3]
1979 Guidry, RonRon Guidry (2) L Milwaukee Brewers Yankee Stadium [3]
1980* Guidry, RonRon Guidry (3) ND (L) Texas Rangers Arlington Stadium [3]
1981** John, TommyTommy John W Texas Rangers Yankee Stadium [3]
1982 Guidry, RonRon Guidry (4) ND (L) Chicago White Sox Yankee Stadium [3]
1983 Guidry, RonRon Guidry (5) ND (L) Seattle Mariners Kingdome [3]
1984 Guidry, RonRon Guidry (6) L Kansas City Royals Royals Stadium [3]
1985 Niekro, PhilPhil Niekro L Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [3]
1986 Guidry, RonRon Guidry (7) W Kansas City Royals Yankee Stadium [3]
1987 Rasmussen, DennisDennis Rasmussen ND (W) Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [3]
1988 Rhoden, RickRick Rhoden W Minnesota Twins Yankee Stadium [3]
1989 John, TommyTommy John W Minnesota Twins Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [3]
1990 LaPoint, DaveDave LaPoint ND (W) Cleveland Indians Yankee Stadium [3]
1991 Leary, TimTim Leary ND (L) Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [3]
1992 Sanderson, ScottScott Sanderson W Boston Red Sox Yankee Stadium [3]
1993 Key, JimmyJimmy Key W Cleveland Indians Cleveland Stadium [3]
1994 Key, JimmyJimmy Key (2) W Texas Rangers Yankee Stadium [3]
1995* Key, JimmyJimmy Key (3) W Texas Rangers Yankee Stadium [3]
1996dagger Cone, DavidDavid Cone W Cleveland Indians Jacobs Field [3]
1997* Cone, DavidDavid Cone (2) L Seattle Mariners Kingdome [3]
1998dagger Pettitte, AndyAndy Pettitte L Anaheim Angels Edison International Field of Anaheim [3]
1999dagger Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens ND (L) Oakland Athletics Network Associates Coliseum [3]
2000dagger Hernandez, OrlandoOrlando Hernandez W Anaheim Angels Edison International Field of Anaheim [3]
2001** Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (2) W Kansas City Royals Yankee Stadium [3]
2002* Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (3) L Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards [3]
2003** Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (4) W Toronto Blue Jays SkyDome [3]
2004* Mussina, MikeMike Mussina L Tampa Bay Devil Rays Tokyo Dome [3]
2005* Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson W Boston Red Sox Yankee Stadium [3]
2006* Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson (2) W Oakland Athletics McAfee Coliseum [3]
2007* Pavano, CarlCarl Pavano ND (W) Tampa Bay Devil Rays Yankee Stadium [3]
2008 Wang, Chien-MingChien-Ming Wang W Toronto Blue Jays Yankee Stadium [61]
2009dagger Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia L Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards [4]
2010* Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia (2) ND (L) Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [62]
2011* Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia (3) ND (W) Detroit Tigers Yankee Stadium [3]
2012* Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia (4) ND (L) Tampa Bay Rays Tropicana Field [3]
2013 Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia (5) L Boston Red Sox Yankee Stadium [3]
2014 Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia (6) L Houston Astros Minute Maid Park [3]

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