List of Washington Senators Opening Day starting pitchers

List of Washington Senators Opening Day starting pitchers

For the Opening Day starting pitchers of the 1901-1960 franchise since 1961, see List of Minnesota Twins Opening Day starting pitchers. For the Opening Day starting pitchers of the 1961-1971 franchise since 1972, see List of Texas Rangers Opening Day starting pitchers.


Two American League baseball franchises have borne the name "Washington Senators". The first franchise was one of the teams that was originally part of the American League when it became a Major League in 1901. That franchise moved to Minnesota after the 1960 season, becoming the Minnesota Twins. It was replaced by a new Washington Senators franchise in 1961. That franchise moved to Arlington, Texas after the 1971 season, becoming the Texas Rangers. The Washington Senators played in four home ball parks over their history. They started in American League Park and moved to American League Park II in 1903. In 1911, they moved to Griffith Park, where they remained until 1962. In 1962, the moved to District of Columbia Stadium, which was later renamed Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. 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 given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season.[1]

The 1901-1960 franchise won 32 Opening Day games against 28 losses. The 1961-1971 franchise won two Opening Day games and lost nine. So in total, the Washington Senators won 34 Opening Day games and lost 37. The 1901-1960 franchise had a record in Opennig Day games at home of 26 wins and 21 losses. On the road, they had an Opening Day record of six wins and seven losses. The 1961-1971 franchise played all its Opening Day games at home. Thus, the Senators had an overall home record in Opening Day games of 28 wins and 30 losses, and an overall road record of six wins and seven losses.

The 1901-1960 franchise used 32 Opening Day starting pitchers in their 60 seasons in Washington. The 1961-1971 franchise used eight Opening Day starting pitchers in their 11 seasons in Washington. One pitcher made Opening Day starts for both franchises. Camilo Pascual made two Opening Day starts for the 1901-1960 franchise, in 1956 and 1960, and later made two Opening Day starts for the 1961-1971 franchise.[2][3][4][5][6][7] So, in total the Washington Senators used 39 Opening Day starting pitchers.

Walter Johnson holds the record for most Opening Day starts for either franchise, with 14 Opening Day starts for the 1901-1960 franchise between 1910 and 1926, including ten consecutive Opening Day starts from 1912 through 1921.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21] Dutch Leonard made four Opening Day starts for the 1901-1960 franchise between 1940 and 1945.[22][23][24][25] Bob Porterfield made three Opning Day starts for the 1901-1960 franchise between 1952 and 1955.[26][27][28] Other pitchers with multiple Opening Day starts for the 1901-1960 franchise are Al Orth, Long Tom Hughes, Charlie Smith, George Mogridge, Alvin Crowder, Earl Whitehill, Early Wynn, Pedro Ramos and Pascual, with two apiece. Three pitchers made two Opening Day starts for the 1961-1971 franchise - Pete Richert, Pascual and Dick Bosman.[3]

The Senators won three American League championships in their history, all by the 1901-1960 franchise. Their championships were won in 1924, 1925 and 1933.[29] They won the World Series in 1924, but lost in 1925 and 1933.[29] The Senators' Opening Day starters in their American League championship years were Johnson in 1924, Mogridge in 1925 and Crowder in 1933.[20][30][31]

Key

Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Senators season.
W Win
L Loss
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Senators won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Senators lost game
(W) Senators won game; no information on starting pitcher's decision
(L) Senators lost game; no information on starting pitcher's decision
Final Score Game score with Senators runs listed first
Location Stadium in italics for home game
(#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Senators
** American League Champions
World Series Champions

1901 through 1960 franchise



Season Pitcher Decision Final
Score
Opponent Location References
1901 Carrick, BillBill Carrick (W) 5–1 Philadelphia Athletics Columbia Park [32][33]
1902 Orth, AlAl Orth (W) 7–3 Boston Red Sox American League Park [34][35]
1903 Orth, AlAl Orth (2) (W) 3–1 New York Yankees American League Park II [36][37]
1904 Wilson, HighballHighball Wilson (L) 3–8 Philadelphia Athletics American League Park II [38][39]
1905 Patten, CaseCase Patten (L) 2–4 New York Yankees American League Park II [40][41]
1906 Hughes, TomTom Hughes (L) 3–4 Philadelphia Athletics American League Park II [42][43]
1907 Hughes, TomTom Hughes (2) (L) 2–3 New York Yankees American League Park II [44][45]
1908 Smith, CharlieCharlie Smith (L) 1–3 Boston Red Sox Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds [46][47]
1909 Smith, CharlieCharlie Smith (2) (W) 4–1 New York Yankees American League Park II [48][49]
1910 Johnson, WalterWalter Johnson (W) 3–0 Philadelphia Athletics American League Park II [8][50]
1911 Gray, DollyDolly Gray (W) 8–5 Boston Red Sox Griffith Stadium [51][52]
1912 Johnson, WalterWalter Johnson (2) (L) 2–4 Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [9][53]
1913 Johnson, WalterWalter Johnson (3) (W) 2–1 New York Yankees Griffith Stadium [10][54]
1914 Johnson, WalterWalter Johnson (4) (W) 3–0 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [11][55]
1915 Johnson, WalterWalter Johnson (5) (W) 7–0 New York Yankees Griffith Stadium [12][56]
1916 Johnson, WalterWalter Johnson (6) (W) 3–2 New York Yankees Polo Grounds [13][57]
1917 Johnson, WalterWalter Johnson (7) (W) 3–0 Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [14][58]
1918 Johnson, WalterWalter Johnson (8) (L) 3–6 New York Yankees Griffith Stadium [15][59]
1919 Johnson, WalterWalter Johnson (9) (W) 1–0 Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [16][60]
1920 Johnson, WalterWalter Johnson (10) (L) 6–7 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [17][61]
1921 Johnson, WalterWalter Johnson (11) L 3–6 Boston Red Sox Griffith Stadium [18][62]
1922 Mogridge, GeorgeGeorge Mogridge W 6–5 New York Yankees Griffith Stadium [63][64]
1923 Johnson, WalterWalter Johnson (12) L 1–3 Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [19][65]
1924 Johnson, WalterWalter Johnson (13) W 4–0 Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [20][66]
1925** Mogridge, GeorgeGeorge Mogridge (2) L 1–5 New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [30][67]
1926 Johnson, WalterWalter Johnson (14) W 1–0 Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [21][68]
1927 Coveleski, StanStan Coveleski W 6–2 Boston Red Sox Griffith Stadium [69]
1928 Gaston, MiltMilt Gaston (L) 5–7 Boston Red Sox Griffith Stadium [70]
1929 Jones, SamSam Jones (L) 4–13 Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [71]
1930 Marberry, FirpoFirpo Marberry (L) 3–4 Boston Red Sox Griffith Stadium [72]
1931 Brown, LloydLloyd Brown (L) 3–5 Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [73]
1932 Crowder, AlvinAlvin Crowder W 1–0 Boston Red Sox Griffith Stadium [74]
1933** Crowder, AlvinAlvin Crowder (2) W 4–1 Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [31]
1934 Whitehill, EarlEarl Whitehill ND (W) 6–5 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [75]
1935 Whitehill, EarlEarl Whitehill (2) W 4–2 Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [76]
1936 Newsom, BoboBobo Newsom W 1–0 New York Yankees Griffith Stadium [77]
1937 Cascarella, JoeJoe Cascarella (L) 3–4 Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [78]
1938 Ferrell, WesWes Ferrell W 12–8 Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [79]
1939 DeShong, JimmieJimmie DeShong (L) 0–2 Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [80]
1940 Leonard, DutchDutch Leonard (L) 0–1 Boston Red Sox Griffith Stadium [22]
1941 Leonard, DutchDutch Leonard (2) (L) 0–3 New York Yankees Griffith Stadium [23]
1942 Hudson, SidSid Hudson (L) 0–7 New York Yankees Griffith Stadium [81]
1943 Leonard, DutchDutch Leonard (3) ND (W) 7–5 Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [24]
1944 Niggeling, JohnnyJohnny Niggeling (L) 2–3 Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [82]
1945 Leonard, DutchDutch Leonard (4) W 14–8 Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [25]
1946 Wolff, RogerRoger Wolff (L) 3–6 Boston Red Sox Griffith Stadium [83]
1947 Wynn, EarlyEarly Wynn (L) 6–7 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [84]
1948 Wynn, EarlyEarly Wynn (2) (L) 4–12 New York Yankees Griffith Stadium [85]
1949 Scarborough, RayRay Scarborough W 3–2 Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [86]
1950 Scarborough, RayRay Scarborough (2) W 8–7 Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [87]
1951 Marrero, ConnieConnie Marrero W 6–1 Philadelphia Athletics Griffith Stadium [88]
1952 Porterfield, BobBob Porterfield (L) 0–3 Boston Red Sox Griffith Stadium [26]
1953 Porterfield, BobBob Porterfield (2) (L) 3–6 New York Yankees Griffith Stadium [27]
1954 Stobbs, ChuckChuck Stobbs ND (W) 5–3 New York Yankees Griffith Stadium [89]
1955 Porterfield, BobBob Porterfield (3) W 12–5 Baltimore Orioles Griffith Stadium [28]
1956 Pascual, CamiloCamilo Pascual[a] L 4–10 New York Yankees Griffith Stadium [4]
1957 Chakales, BobBob Chakales ND (L) 6–7 Baltimore Orioles Griffith Stadium [90]
1958 Ramos, PedroPedro Ramos W 5–2 Boston Red Sox Griffith Stadium [91]
1959 Ramos, PedroPedro Ramos (2) W 9–2 Baltimore Orioles Griffith Stadium [92]
1960 Pascual, CamiloCamilo Pascual[a] (2) W 10–1 Boston Red Sox Griffith Stadium [5]

1961 through 1971 Franchise

Season Pitcher Decision Final
Score
Opponent Location References
1961 Donovan, DickDick Donovan L 3–4 Chicago White Sox Griffith Stadium [93]
1962 Daniels, BennieBennie Daniels W 4–1 Detroit Tigers District of Columbia Stadium [94]
1963 Rudolph, DonDon Rudolph L 1–3 Baltimore Orioles District of Columbia Stadium [95]
1964 Osteen, ClaudeClaude Osteen L 0–4 Los Angeles Angels District of Columbia Stadium [96]
1965 Ortega, PhilPhil Ortega L 2–7 Boston Red Sox District of Columbia Stadium [97]
1966 Richert, PetePete Richert L 2–5 Cleveland Indians District of Columbia Stadium [98]
1967 Richert, PetePete Richert (2) L 0–8 New York Yankees District of Columbia Stadium [99]
1968 Pascual, CamiloCamilo Pascual[a] L 0–2 Minnesota Twins District of Columbia Stadium [6]
1969 Pascual, CamiloCamilo Pascual[a] (2) L 4–8 New York Yankees Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium [7]
1970 Bosman, DickDick Bosman L 0–5 Detroit Tigers Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium [100]
1971 Bosman, DickDick Bosman (2) W 8–0 Oakland Athletics Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium [101]

Footnotes

  • a Camilo Pascual had two Opening Day starts for the 1901-1960 franchise in 1956 and 1960 and two Opening Day starts for the 1961-1971 franchise in 1968 and 1969. He also received the decision as a relief pitcher on Opening Day 1957 for the 1901-1960 franchise.[4][5][6][7][90]

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