List of Detroit Tigers Opening Day starting pitchers

List of Detroit Tigers Opening Day starting pitchers

The franchise based in Detroit, Michigan. 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 Tigers have used 54 different Opening Day starting pitchers. The Tigers have a record of 54 wins and 59 losses in their Opening Day games.[3] They also played one tie game, in 1927.[3][4][5]

The Tigers have played in three different home ball parks, Bennett Park from 1901 through 1911, Tiger Stadium (also known as Navin Field and Briggs Stadium) from 1912 to 1999 and Comerica Park since 2000. They had a record of 5 wins and 2 losses in Opening Day games at Bennett Park, 19 wins and 22 losses at Tiger Stadium and 3 wins and 4 losses at Comerica Park, for a total home record in Opening Day games of 26 wins and 28 losses.[3] Their record in Opening Day away games is 26 wins, 31 losses and one tie.[3][4][5]

Mickey Lolich had seven Opening Day starts between 1965 and 1974. He had a record of five wins and two losses in those starts. Justin Verlander has also made seven Opening Day starts for the Tigers, between 2008 and 2014. His record in those starts is one win and one loss with five no-decisions. Other Tiger pitchers with at least three Opening Day starts include Hal Newhouser with six, Earl Whitehill and Jim Bunning with four; and Tommy Bridges, Frank Lary and Mike Moore with three.[3]

The first game the Tigers played as a Major League team was on April 25, 1901 against the Milwaukee Brewers.[6] Roscoe Miller was the Tigers Opening Day starting pitcher for that game, which the Tigers won 14–13.[6] The Tigers have played in the World Series eleven times, in 1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1968, 1984, 2006, and 2012, with wins in four of those: 1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984.[7] The Tigers Opening Day starting pitchers in those seasons were Mullin (1907 and 1909), Ed Siever (1908), Firpo Marberry (1934), Rowe (1935), Newsom (1940), Newhouser (1945), Earl Wilson (1968), Morris (1984), Kenny Rogers (2006), and Justin Verlander (2012).[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17] The Tigers won five of those Opening Day games and lost the other five.[3]

Josh Billings was the Tigers Opening Day starting pitcher in 1928, despite being only 20 years old and having only won five Major League games prior to the season.[18][19] Bunning, who made four Opening Day starts for the Tigers was later elected to the United States Senate.[20] McLain, who made two Opening Day starts for the Tigers, was later convicted of embezzlement.[21] Bunning and Newhouser have each been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.[22]

Key

View of a baseball field.
Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers since 2000

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

Pitchers

Hooks Dauss made two Opening Day starts for the Tigers.
United States Senator Jim Bunning made four Opening Day starts for the Tigers.
Kenny Rogers was the Tigers' Opening Day starting pitcher in their American League championship year of 2006.
Jeremy Bonderman was the Tigers' Opening Day starter in 2005 and 2007.
Justin Verlander has been the Tigers' Opening Day starting pitcher every year since 2008.
Season Pitcher Decision Final
score
Opponent Location Ref.
1901 Miller, RoscoeRoscoe Miller (W) 14–13 Milwaukee Brewers Bennett Parkdouble-dagger [6]
1902 Miller, RoscoeRoscoe Miller (2) (L) 2–12 Chicago White Sox South Side Park [23]
1903 Mullin, GeorgeGeorge Mullin (W) 4–2 Cleveland Indians Bennett Parkdouble-dagger [24]
1904 Mullin, George(2) (W) 7–2 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [25]
1905 Mullin, George(3) (L) 2–6 Cleveland Indians League Park [26]
1906 Mullin, George(4) (L) 3–5 Chicago White Sox Bennett Parkdouble-dagger [27]
1907** Mullin, George(5) (W) 2–0 Cleveland Indians Bennett Parkdouble-dagger [8]
1908** Siever, EdEd Siever (L) 8–15 Chicago White Sox South Side Park [9]
1909** Mullin, George(6) (W) 2–0 Chicago White Sox Bennett Parkdouble-dagger [10]
1910 Mullin, George(7) (L) 7–9 Cleveland Indians Bennett Parkdouble-dagger [28]
1911 Mullin, George(8) (W) 4–2 Chicago White Sox Bennett Parkdouble-dagger [29]
1912 Mullin, George(9) (L) 2–3 Cleveland Indians League Park [30]
1913 Mullin, George(10) (L) 1–3 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [31]
1914 Dubuc, JeanJean Dubuc (W) 3–2 St. Louis Browns Navin Fielddouble-dagger [32]
1915 Coveleski, HarryHarry Coveleski (L) 1–5 Cleveland Indians Navin Fielddouble-dagger [33]
1916 Coveleski, HarryHarry Coveleski (2) (W) 4–0 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [34]
1917 James, BillBill James (L) 4–6 Cleveland Indians Navin Fielddouble-dagger [35]
1918 Boland, BernieBernie Boland (L) 2–6 Cleveland Indians League Park [36]
1919 Ehmke, HowardHoward Ehmke (W) 4–2 Cleveland Indians League Park [37]
1920 Dauss, HooksHooks Dauss (L) 2–3 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [38]
1921 Leonard, DutchDutch Leonard ND (W) 6–5 Chicago White Sox Navin Fielddouble-dagger [39]
1922 Oldham, RedRed Oldham (L) 4–7 Cleveland Indians League Park [40]
1923 Collins, RipRip Collins ND (W) 9–6 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [41]
1924 Dauss, HooksHooks Dauss (2) W 4–3 Cleveland Indians Navin Fielddouble-dagger [42]
1925 Leonard, DutchDutch Leonard (2) W 4–3 Chicago White Sox Navin Fielddouble-dagger [43]
1926 Whitehill, EarlEarl Whitehill L 1–2 Cleveland Indians Navin Fielddouble-dagger [44]
1927 Whitehill, EarlEarl Whitehill (2) T 2–2 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [45]
1928 Billings, JoshJosh Billings (L) 1–4 St. Louis Browns Navin Fielddouble-dagger [18]
1929 Whitehill, EarlEarl Whitehill (3) (L) 4–5 Cleveland Indians League Park [46]
1930 Uhle, GeorgeGeorge Uhle W 6–3 St. Louis Browns Navin Fielddouble-dagger [47]
1931 Whitehill, EarlEarl Whitehill (4) (L) 3–7 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [48]
1932 Sorrell, VicVic Sorrell (L) 5–6 Cleveland Indians Navin Fielddouble-dagger [49]
1933 Bridges, TommyTommy Bridges (L) 1–4 Cleveland Indians Navin Fielddouble-dagger [50]
1934** Marberry, FirpoFirpo Marberry W 8–3 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [11]
1935 Rowe, SchoolboySchoolboy Rowe (L) 6–7 Chicago White Sox Navin Fielddouble-dagger [12]
1936 Rowe, SchoolboySchoolboy Rowe (2) W 3–0 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Stadium [51]
1937 Auker, EldenElden Auker W 4–3 Cleveland Indians Navin Fielddouble-dagger [52]
1938 Lawson, RoxieRoxie Lawson (L) 3–4 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [53]
1939 Bridges, TommyTommy Bridges (2) W 6–1 Chicago White Sox Briggs Stadiumdouble-dagger [54]
1940** Newsom, BoboBobo Newsom (L) 1–4 St. Louis Browns Briggs Stadiumdouble-dagger [13]
1941 Newsom, BoboBobo Newsom (2) (L) 1–8 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [55]
1942 Benton, AlAl Benton (L) 2–5 Cleveland Indians Briggs Stadiumdouble-dagger [56]
1943 Bridges, TommyTommy Bridges (3) (L) 0–1 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Stadium [57]
1944 Trout, DizzyDizzy Trout (L) 1–2 St. Louis Browns Briggs Stadiumdouble-dagger [58]
1945 Newhouser, HalHal Newhouser (L) 1–7 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [14]
1946 Newhouser, HalHal Newhouser (2) W 2–1 St. Louis Browns Briggs Stadiumdouble-dagger [59]
1947 Newhouser, HalHal Newhouser (3) W 7–0 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [60]
1948 Newhouser, HalHal Newhouser (4) W 5–2 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [61]
1949 Newhouser, HalHal Newhouser (5) W 5–1 Chicago White Sox Briggs Stadiumdouble-dagger [62]
1950 Hutchinson, FredFred Hutchinson ND (W) 7–6 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Stadium [63]
1951 Newhouser, HalHal Newhouser (6) (L) 1–2 Cleveland Indians Briggs Stadiumdouble-dagger [64]
1952 Trout, DizzyDizzy Trout (2) (L) 0–3 St. Louis Browns Briggs Stadiumdouble-dagger [65]
1953 Garver, NedNed Garver (L) 0–10 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [66]
1954 Gromek, SteveSteve Gromek W 3–0 Baltimore Orioles Briggs Stadiumdouble-dagger [67]
1955 Garver, NedNed Garver (2) L 2–6 Kansas City Athletics Municipal Stadium [68]
1956 Lary, FrankFrank Lary L 1–2 Kansas City Athletics Briggs Stadiumdouble-dagger [69]
1957 Lary, FrankFrank Lary (2) L 1–2 Kansas City Athletics Municipal Stadium [70]
1958 Bunning, JimJim Bunning W 4–3 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [71]
1959 Bunning, JimJim Bunning (2) ND (L) 7–9 Chicago White Sox Briggs Stadiumdouble-dagger [72]
1960 Lary, FrankFrank Lary (3) ND (W) 4–2 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Stadium [73]
1961 Bunning, JimJim Bunning (3) L 5–9 Cleveland Indians Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [74]
1962 Mossi, DonDon Mossi L 1–4 Washington Senators Robert F. Kennedy Stadium [75]
1963 Bunning, JimJim Bunning (4) L 5–7 Chicago White Sox Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [76]
1964 Regan, PhilPhil Regan W 7–3 Kansas City Athletics Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [77]
1965 Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich W 6–2 Kansas City Athletics Municipal Stadium [78]
1966 Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich (2) W 2–1 New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [79]
1967 McLain, DennyDenny McLain L 2–5 California Angels Anaheim Stadium [80]
1968 Wilson, EarlEarl Wilson L 3–7 Boston Red Sox Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [15]
1969 McLain, DennyDenny McLain (2) W 6–2 Cleveland Indians Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [81]
1970 Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich (3) W 5–0 Washington Senators Robert F. Kennedy Stadium [82]
1971 Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich (4) W 8–2 Cleveland Indians Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [83]
1972* Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich (5) W 3–2 Boston Red Sox Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [84]
1973 Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich (6) L 1–2 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Stadium [85]
1974 Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich (7) L 2–3 Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [86]
1975 Coleman, JoeJoe Coleman L 0–10 Baltimore Orioles Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [87]
1976 Coleman, JoeJoe Coleman (2) W 3–1 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Stadium [88]
1977 Roberts, DaveDave Roberts L 7–2 Kansas City Royals Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [89]
1978 Fidrych, MarkMark Fidrych W 6–2 Toronto Blue Jays Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [90]
1979 Rozema, DaveDave Rozema L 2–8 Texas Rangers Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [91]
1980 Morris, JackJack Morris W 5–1 Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [92]
1981 Morris, JackJack Morris (2) W 6–2 Toronto Blue Jays Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [93]
1982 Morris, JackJack Morris (3) L 2–4 Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [94]
1983 Morris, JackJack Morris (4) W 11–3 Minnesota Twins Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [95]
1984 Morris, JackJack Morris (5) W 8–1 Minnesota Twins Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [16]
1985 Morris, JackJack Morris (6) W 5–4 Cleveland Indians Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [96]
1986 Morris, JackJack Morris (7) W 6–5 Boston Red Sox Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [97]
1987* Morris, JackJack Morris (8) L 1–2 New York Yankees Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [98]
1988 Morris, JackJack Morris (9) W 5–3 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [99]
1989 Morris, JackJack Morris (10) L 0–4 Texas Rangers Arlington Stadium [100]
1990 Morris, JackJack Morris (11) L 2–5 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [101]
1991 Tanana, FrankFrank Tanana ND (W) 6–4 New York Yankees Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [102]
1992 Gullickson, BillBill Gullickson L 2–4 Toronto Blue Jays Tiger Stadiumdouble-dagger [103]
1993 Moore, MikeMike Moore L 4–9 Oakland Athletics Oakland Coliseum [104]
1994 Moore, MikeMike Moore (2) ND (L) 8–9 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [105]
1995 Moore, MikeMike Moore (3) W 5–4 California Angels Angel Stadium [106]
1996 Lira, FelipeFelipe Lira L 6–8 Minnesota Twins Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [107]
1997 Brocail, DougDoug Brocail ND (L) 5–7 Minnesota Twins Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [108]
1998 Thompson, JustinJustin Thompson W 11–6 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Tropicana Field [109]
1999 Moehler, BrianBrian Moehler W 11–5 Texas Rangers Rangers Ballpark in Arlington [110]
2000 Nomo, HideoHideo Nomo W 7–4 Oakland Athletics Oakland Coliseum [111]
2001 Weaver, JeffJeff Weaver L 2–3 Minnesota Twins Comerica Parkdouble-dagger [112]
2002 Weaver, JeffJeff Weaver (2) ND (L) 5–9 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Tropicana Field [113]
2003 Maroth, MikeMike Maroth L 1–3 Minnesota Twins Comerica Parkdouble-dagger [114]
2004 Johnson, JasonJason Johnson W 7–0 Toronto Blue Jays SkyDome [115]
2005 Bonderman, JeremyJeremy Bonderman W 11–2 Kansas City Royals Comerica Parkdouble-dagger [116]
2006** Rogers, KennyKenny Rogers W 3–1 Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [17]
2007 Bonderman, JeremyJeremy Bonderman (2) ND (L) 3–5 Toronto Blue Jays Comerica Parkdouble-dagger [117]
2008 Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander ND (L) 4–5 Kansas City Royals Comerica Parkdouble-dagger [118]
2009 Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander (2) L 5–12 Toronto Blue Jays SkyDome [4]
2010 Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander (3) ND (W) 8–4 Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [5]
2011* Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander (4) ND (L) 3–6 New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [119]
2012** Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander (5) ND (W) 3–2 Boston Red Sox Comerica Parkdouble-dagger [120]
2013* Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander (6) W 3–2 Minnesota Twins Target Field [121]
2014 Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander (7) ND (W) 3–2 Kansas City Royals Comerica Parkdouble-dagger [122]

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