List of New York Giants Opening Day starting pitchers

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For the Opening Day starting pitchers since 1958, see List of San Francisco Giants Opening Day starting pitchers.
Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell made six Opening Day starts for the Giants.

The New York Giants were a Major League Baseball team that played in Manhattan, New York until moving to San Francisco in 1958. From 1883 until their move to San Francisco, they played their home games at the Polo Grounds. They played in the National League. 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 Giants used 33 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 75 seasons they played in New York. The Giants won 39 of those games against 35 losses in those Opening Day starts. They also played one tie game.[3]

Carl Hubbell had the most Opening Day starts for the New York Giants with six between 1929 and 1942. Mickey Welch, Amos Rusie and Larry Jansen each had five Opening Day starts for the team. Christy Mathewson, Red Ames, Jeff Tesreau and Bill Voiselle all had four Opening Day starts apiece for the Giants. Ed Doheny and Johnny Antonelli each had three Opening Day starts for the New York Giants and Antonelli also had an Opening Day start for the San Francisco Giants in 1959, giving him a total of four Opening Day starts for the franchise. Antonelli is the only player to have an Opening Day start for both the New York and San Francisco Giants.[3]

Other pitchers who had multiple Opening Day starts for the New York Giants were Hal Schumacher with three such starts, and Joe McGinnity, Rube Marquard, Jesse Barnes, Art Nehf, Virgil Barnes, Bill Walker and Sal Maglie with two apiece.[3] Seven Hall of Fame pitchers made Opening Day starts for the New York Giants — Welch, Tim Keefe, Rusie, Mathewson, McGinnity, Marquard and Hubbell.

The New York Giants won the modern World Series five times, in 1905, 1921, 1922, 1933 and 1954. Their Opening Day starting pitchers in those years were Joe McGinnity in 1905, Phil Douglas in 1921, Art Nehf in 1922, Carl Hubbell in 1933 and Sal Maglie in 1954. In 1904, the Giants won the National League championship but no World Series was played. Christy Mathewson was the Giants' Opening Day starting pitcher that season.[3] The Giants also won the 19th century World Series twice, in 1888 and 1889. Cannonball Titcomb and Mickey Welch were the Giants Opening Day starting pitchers in 1888 and 1889, respectively.

Jesse and Virgil Barnes, who each made two Opening Day starts for the New York Giants, were brothers.[3][4][5]

Key[edit]

Hall of Famer Joe McGinnity was the Giants' Opening Day starting pitcher in 1905, when the team won its first modern World Series championship.
Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Giants season.
W Win
L Loss
T Tie Game; no decision to starting pitcher
ND (W) No Decision by starting pitcher; Giants won game
ND (L) No Decision by starting pitcher; Giants lost game
(W) Giants won game; no information on starting pitcher's decision
(L) Giants lost game; no information on starting pitcher's decision
(#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter
** NL Champions
# World Series Champions

Pitchers[edit]

Jesse Barnes was the Giants Opening Day starting pitcher in 1919 and 1920.
Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson made four Opening Day starts for the Giants.
Hall of Famer Tim Keefe was the Giants Opening Day starting pitcher in 1887.
Hall of Famer Amos Rusie made five Opening Day starts for the Giants.
Hall of Famer Mickey Welch made five Opening Day starts for the Giants.
Year Pitcher Decision Opponent Location Reference
1883 Welch, MickeyMickey Welch (W) Boston Beaneaters Polo Grounds [6]
1884 Welch, MickeyMickey Welch (2) (W) Chicago White Stockings Polo Grounds [7]
1885 Welch, MickeyMickey Welch (3) (W) Boston Beaneaters Polo Grounds [8]
1886 Welch, MickeyMickey Welch (4) (W) Boston Beaneaters Polo Grounds [9]
1887 Keefe, TimTim Keefe (W) Philadelphia Phillies Polo Grounds [10]
1888# Titcomb, CannonballCannonball Titcomb (W) Washington Nationals Swampoodle Grounds [10]
1889# Welch, MickeyMickey Welch (5) (L) Boston Beaneaters Oakland Park, New Jersey [11][12]
1890 Rusie, AmosAmos Rusie (L) Philadelphia Phillies Polo Grounds [13]
1891 Rusie, AmosAmos Rusie (2) (L) Boston Beaneaters South End Grounds [14]
1892 Rusie, AmosAmos Rusie (3) (W) Philadelphia Phillies Huntingdon Grounds [15]
1893 King, SilverSilver King (L) Boston Beaneaters Polo Grounds [16]
1894 Rusie, AmosAmos Rusie (4) (L) Baltimore Orioles Union Park [17]
1895 Rusie, AmosAmos Rusie (5) (L) Brooklyn Bridegrooms Polo Grounds [18]
1896 Clarke, DadDad Clarke (L) Washington Nationals Boundary Field [19]
1897 Doheny, EdEd Doheny (L) Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [20]
1898 Doheny, EdEd Doheny (2) (L) Boston Beaneaters Polo Grounds [21]
1899 Doheny, EdEd Doheny (3) (L) Baltimore Orioles Union Park [22]
1900 Carrick, BillBill Carrick (L) Brooklyn Superbas Polo Grounds [23]
1901 Taylor, DummyDummy Taylor (L) Boston Braves South End Grounds [24]
1902 Mathewson, ChristyChristy Mathewson (W) Philadelphia Phillies Polo Grounds [25]
1903 Mathewson, ChristyChristy Mathewson (2) (L) Brooklyn Dodgers Polo Grounds [26]
1904** Mathewson, ChristyChristy Mathewson (3) (W) Brooklyn Dodgers Washington Park [27]
1905# McGinnity, JoeJoe McGinnity (W) Boston Beaneaters Polo Grounds [28]
1906 Ames, RedRed Ames (W) Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [29]
1907 McGinnity, JoeJoe McGinnity (2) (L) Philadelphia Phillies Polo Grounds [30]
1908 Mathewson, ChristyChristy Mathewson (4) (W) Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [31]
1909 Ames, RedRed Ames (2) (L) Brooklyn Dodgers Polo Grounds [32]
1910 Ames, RedRed Ames (3) (L) Boston Doves South End Grounds [33]
1911** Ames, RedRed Ames (4) L Philadelphia Phillies Polo Grounds [3][34][35]
1912** Marquard, RubeRube Marquard (W) Brooklyn Dodgers Washington Park [36]
1913** Tesreau, JeffJeff Tesreau (L) Boston Braves Polo Grounds [37]
1914 Marquard, RubeRube Marquard (2) (L) Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [38]
1915 Tesreau, JeffJeff Tesreau (2) (W) Brooklyn Dodgers Polo Grounds [39]
1916 Tesreau, JeffJeff Tesreau (3) (W) Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [40]
1917** Anderson, FredFred Anderson (W) Boston Braves Braves Field [41]
1918 Tesreau, JeffJeff Tesreau (4) ND (W) Brooklyn Dodgers Polo Grounds [42][43]
1919 Barnes, JesseJesse Barnes W Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [44][45]
1920 Barnes, JesseJesse Barnes (2) L Boston Braves Polo Grounds [46][47]
1921# Douglas, PhilPhil Douglas ND (W) Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [3][48][49]
1922# Nehf, ArtArt Nehf L Brooklyn Dodgers Polo Grounds [3][50][51]
1923** McQuillan, HughHugh McQuillan W Boston Braves Braves Field [52][53]
1924** Ryan, RosyRosy Ryan L Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field [54][55]
1925 Nehf, ArtArt Nehf (2) L Boston Braves Braves Field [56][57]
1926 Barnes, VirgilVirgil Barnes L Brooklyn Dodgers Polo Grounds [58][59]
1927 Barnes, VirgilVirgil Barnes (2) W Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [60][61]
1928 Benton, LarryLarry Benton W Boston Braves Polo Grounds [62][63]
1929 Hubbell, CarlCarl Hubbell W Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [64][65]
1930 Walker, BillBill Walker W Boston Braves Polo Grounds [66][67]
1931 Fitzsimmons, FreddieFreddie Fitzsimmons W Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [68][69]
1932 Walker, BillBill Walker (2) L Philadelphia Phillies Polo Grounds [70][71]
1933# Hubbell, CarlCarl Hubbell (2) T Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field [72][73]
1934 Hubbell, CarlCarl Hubbell (3) W Philadelphia Phillies Polo Grounds [74][75]
1935 Hubbell, CarlCarl Hubbell (4) L Boston Braves Braves Field [76][77]
1936** Schumacher, HalHal Schumacher ND (W) Brooklyn Dodgers Polo Grounds [78][79]
1937** Schumacher, HalHal Schumacher (2) W Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field [80][81]
1938 Melton, CliffCliff Melton W Boston Bees Polo Grounds [82][83]
1939 Gumbert, HarryHarry Gumbert W Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field [84][85]
1940 Hubbell, CarlCarl Hubbell (5) L Philadelphia Phillies Polo Grounds [86][87]
1941 Schumacher, HalHal Schumacher (3) ND (W) Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field [88][89]
1942 Hubbell, CarlCarl Hubbell (6) L Brooklyn Dodgers Polo Grounds [90][91]
1943 Lohrman, BillBill Lohrman L Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field [92][93]
1944 Voiselle, BillBill Voiselle W Boston Braves Polo Grounds [94][95]
1945 Voiselle, BillBill Voiselle (2) W Boston Braves Braves Field [96][97]
1946 Voiselle, BillBill Voiselle (3) W Philadelphia Phillies Polo Grounds [98][99]
1947 Voiselle, BillBill Voiselle (4) L Philadelphia Phillies Shibe Park [100][101]
1948 Jansen, LarryLarry Jansen L Brooklyn Dodgers Polo Grounds [102][103]
1949 Jansen, LarryLarry Jansen (2) L Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field [104][105]
1950 Jansen, LarryLarry Jansen (3) L Boston Braves Polo Grounds [106][107]
1951** Jansen, LarryLarry Jansen (4) W Boston Braves Braves Field [108][109]
1952 Maglie, SalSal Maglie W Philadelphia Phillies Polo Grounds [110][111]
1953 Jansen, LarryLarry Jansen (5) W Philadelphia Phillies Shibe Park [112][113]
1954# Maglie, SalSal Maglie (2) W Brooklyn Dodgers Polo Grounds [3][114][115]
1955 Antonelli, JohnnyJohnny Antonelli L Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [116][117]
1956 Antonelli, JohnnyJohnny Antonelli (2) W Pittsburgh Pirates Polo Grounds [118][119]
1957 Antonelli, JohnnyJohnny Antonelli (3) L Pittsburgh Pirates Forbes Field [120][121]

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