List of Brooklyn Dodgers Opening Day starting pitchers

List of Brooklyn Dodgers Opening Day starting pitchers

For the Opening Day starting pitchers since 1958, see List of Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day starting pitchers.
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The newly-constructed Ebbets Field on its first Opening Day, April 9, 1913. The Brooklyn Dodgers' starting pitcher was Nap Rucker (right), pictured on a 1911 baseball card, who was opening Brooklyn's season for his fifth and last time. The Dodgers lost 1–0 to the Philadelphia Phillies.[1]

From their inception in 1884 through their last year in Brooklyn, 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers (also known as the Trolley Dodgers, Grooms, Bridegrooms, Superbas, and Robins at various times in their history) used 41 different starting pitchers on Opening Day. Brickyard Kennedy made the most Opening Day starts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, with 6 such starts between 1894 and 1900. Nap Rucker made 5 such starts between 1907 and 1913. Carl Erskine made 4 Opening Day starts between 1951 and 1955 and Van Mungo also made 4 Opening Day starts between 1934 and 1938. Five Brooklyn pitchers made 3 Opening Day starts: Leon Cadore, Watty Clark, Don Newcombe, Jesse Petty, Dutch Ruether. 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.[2]

The Dodgers played in the modern World Series nine times before moving to Los Angeles, winning once in 1955, when Carl Esrkine was the Opening Day pitcher. Erskine was also the Opening Day pitcher in 1953 when they played in the World Series but lost to the New York Yankees. Joe Hatten also had two Opening Day starts in World Series years, 1947 and 1949. Other Opening Day starting pitchers in World Series years were Larry Cheney in 1916, Leon Cadore in 1920, Whit Wyatt in 1941, Preacher Roe in 1952, and Don Newcombe in 1956.

Prior to the existence of the modern World Series, the Dodgers won National League championships in 1890, 1899 and 1900. They also won an American Association championship in 1889, when the American Association was considered a Major League. They played in the 19th century version of the World Series in 1889 and 1890. Mickey Hughes was the Opening Day starting pitcher in 1889, Bob Caruthers was the Opening Day starting pitcehr in 1890, and Kennedy was the Opening Day starting pitcher in 1899 and 1900.

Don Newcombe was the starting pitcher in 1956, the last Opening Day that the Dodgers played in their longtime home field, Ebbets Field. Newcombe was also the Opening Day starter on Opening Day of the 1957 season, the Dodgers last Opening Day before moving to Los Angeles. Nap Rucker was the Opening Day starting pitcher in the last Opening Day the team (then called the Trolley Dodgers) played at their previous home park, Washington Park, in 1912. Rucker was also the Opening Day pitcher in the first game at Ebbets Field in 1913.

Joe Hatten was the Opening Day starting pitcher in one of the most momentous games in baseball history. That was in 1947, the years of Jackie Robinson's first game in the Major Leagues, ending the racial segregation that had prevailed in Major League Baseball since before 1900. The Joe Hatten started and the Dodgers won Jackie Robinson's first major league game, beating the Boston Braves 5-3 at Ebbets Field.[3]

Key

Year Each year is linked to an article about that particular Dodgers season.
W Win
L Loss
T Tie Game; no decision to starting pitcher
ND (W) No Decision by starting pitcher; Dodgers won game
ND (L) No Decision by starting pitcher; Dodgers lost game
(W) Dodgers won game; no information on starting pitcher's decision
(L) Dodgers lost game; no information on starting pitcher's decision
(#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter
Location Stadium in italics for home game
* American Association champions
** National League champions
# World Series Champions

Pitchers



Year Pitcher Decision Opponent Location Reference
1884 Kimber, SamSam Kimber (L) Washington Statesmen Athletic Park [4]
1885 Harkins, JohnJohn Harkins (W) Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park [5]
1886 Harkins, JohnJohn Harkins (2) (L) Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park [6]
1887 Porter, HenryHenry Porter (W) New York Metropolitans Washington Park [7][8]
1888 Caruthers, BobBob Caruthers (W) Cleveland Blues Washington Park [9][8]
1889* Hughes, MickeyMickey Hughes (L) Philadelphia Athletics Jefferson Street Grounds or Gloucester Point Grounds [10]
1890** Caruthers, BobBob Caruthers (2) (L) Boston Beaneaters Congress Street Grounds [11]
1891 Hemming, GeorgeGeorge Hemming (W) Philadelphia Phillies Huntingdon Grounds [12]
1892 Foutz, DaveDave Foutz (W) Baltimore Orioles Union Park [13]
1893 Stein, EdEd Stein (L) Philadelphia Phillies Huntingdon Grounds [14]
1894 Kennedy, BrickyardBrickyard Kennedy (L) Boston Beaneaters South End Grounds [15]
1895 Kennedy, BrickyardBrickyard Kennedy (2) (W) New York Giants Polo Grounds [16]
1896 Kennedy, BrickyardBrickyard Kennedy (3) (W) Baltimore Orioles Union Park [17]
1897 Payne, HarleyHarley Payne (W) Washington Nationals Boundary Field [18]
1898 Kennedy, BrickyardBrickyard Kennedy (4) (W) Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [19]
1899** Kennedy, BrickyardBrickyard Kennedy (5) (L) Boston Beaneaters Washington Park [20]
1900** Kennedy, BrickyardBrickyard Kennedy (6) (W) New York Giants Polo Grounds [21]
1901 Donovan, BillBill Donovan (W) Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [22]
1902 Donovan, BillBill Donovan (2) (W) Boston Beaneaters Washington Park [23]
1903 Schmidt, HenryHenry Schmidt (W) New York Giants Polo Grounds [24]
1904 Jones, OscarOscar Jones (L) New York Giants Washington Park [25]
1905 Jones, OscarOscar Jones (2) (L) Philadelphia Phillies Washington Park [26]
1906 McIntire, HarryHarry McIntire (L) Boston Beaneaters Washington Park [27]
1907 Stricklett, ElmerElmer Stricklett (L) Boston Doves South End Grounds [28]
1908 Rucker, NapNap Rucker (L) Boston Doves 'Washington Park [29]
1909 Wilhelm, KaiserKaiser Wilhelm (W) New York Giants Polo Grounds [30]
1910 Rucker, NapNap Rucker (2) (W) Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [31]
1911 Barger, CyCy Barger L Boston Rustlers South End Grounds [32][33]
1912 Rucker, NapNap Rucker (3) L New York Giants Washington Park [34]
1913 Rucker, NapNap Rucker (4) (L) Philadelphia Phillies Ebbets Field [35]
1914 Reulbach, EdEd Reulbach (W) Boston Braves Ebbets Field [36]
1915 Pfeffer, JeffJeff Pfeffer (L) New York Giants Polo Grounds [37]
1916** Cheney, LarryLarry Cheney (L) Boston Braves Ebbets Field [38]
1917 Dell, WheezerWheezer Dell (L) Philadelphia Phillies Ebbets Field [39]
1918 Marquard, RubeRube Marquard L New York Giants Polo Grounds [40][41]
1919 Cadore, LeonLeon Cadore W Boston Braves Braves Field [42][43]
1920** Cadore, LeonLeon Cadore (2) W Philadelphia Phillies Ebbets Field [44][45]
1921 Cadore, LeonLeon Cadore (3) ND (W) Boston Braves Braves Field [46][47]
1922 Ruether, DutchDutch Ruether W New York Giants Polo Grounds [48][49]
1923 Ruether, DutchDutch Ruether (2) T Philadelphia Phillies Ebbets Field [50]
1924 Ruether, DutchDutch Ruether (3) W New York Giants Polo Grounds [51][52]
1925 Vance, DazzyDazzy Vance W Philadelphia Phillies Ebbets Field [53][54]
1926 Petty, JesseJesse Petty W New York Giants Polo Grounds [55][56]
1927 Petty, JesseJesse Petty (2) W Boston Braves Braves Field [57][58]
1928 Petty, JesseJesse Petty (3) L Philadelphia Phillies Ebbets Field [59][60]
1929 Clark, WattyWatty Clark L Boston Braves Braves Field [61][62]
1930 Clark, WattyWatty Clark (2) L Philadelphia Phillies Ebbets Field [63][64]
1931 Quinn, JackJack Quinn L Boston Braves Braves Field [65][66]
1932 Hoyt, WaiteWaite Hoyt L Boston Braves Ebbets Field [67][68]
1933 Clark, WattyWatty Clark (3) W Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [69][70]
1934 Mungo, VanVan Mungo W Boston Braves Ebbets Field [71][72]
1935 Mungo, VanVan Mungo (2) W Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [73][74]
1936 Earnshaw, GeorgeGeorge Earnshaw L New York Giants Ebbets Field [75][76]
1937 Mungo, VanVan Mungo (3) L New York Giants Ebbets Field [77][78]
1938 Mungo, VanVan Mungo (4) ND (W) Philadelphia Phillies Baker Bowl [79][80]
1939 Evans, RedRed Evans L New York Giants Ebbets Field [81][82]
1940 Wyatt, WhitWhit Wyatt W Boston Braves Braves Field [83][84]
1941** Wyatt, WhitWhit Wyatt (2) L New York Giants Ebbets Field [85][86]
1942 Davis, CurtCurt Davis W New York Giants Polo Grounds [87][88]
1943 Head, EdEd Head W New York Giants Ebbets Field [89][90]
1944 Gregg, HalHal Gregg L Philadelphia Phillies Shibe Park [91][92]
1945 Davis, CurtCurt Davis (2) W Philadelphia Phillies Ebbets Field [93][94]
1946 Gregg, HalHal Gregg (2) L Boston Braves Braves Field [95][96]
1947** Hatten, JoeJoe Hatten ND (W) Boston Braves Ebbets Field [3][97][98]
1948 Barney, RexRex Barney ND (W) New York Giants Polo Grounds [99][100]
1949** Hatten, JoeJoe Hatten (2) W New York Giants Ebbets Field [101][102]
1950 Newcombe, DonDon Newcombe L Philadelphia Phillies Shibe Park [103][104]
1951 Erskine, CarlCarl Erskine L Philadelphia Phillies Ebbets Field [105][106]
1952** Roe, PreacherPreacher Roe W Boston Braves Braves Field [107][108]
1953** Erskine, CarlCarl Erskine (2) ND (W) Pittsburgh Pirates Ebbets Field [109][110]
1954 Erskine, CarlCarl Erskine (3) L New York Giants Polo Grounds [111][112][113]
1955# Erskine, CarlCarl Erskine (4) W Pittsburgh Pirates Ebbets Field [114][115]
1956** Newcombe, DonDon Newcombe (2) L Philadelphia Phillies Ebbets Field [116][117]
1957 Newcombe, DonDon Newcombe (3) ND (W) Philadelphia Phillies Connie Mack Stadium [118][119]

References

General
  • Covers 1919 through 1957.
Specific