List of Cleveland Indians Opening Day starting pitchers

The Cleveland Indians are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Indians have used 58 different Opening Day starting pitchers which includes the Opening Day starting pitchers from the Bluebirds and the Naps. They have a record of 58 wins and 54 losses in their Opening Day games.[3][4]

The Indians have played in three different home ball parks, League Park from 1901 through 1946, Cleveland Stadium from 1932 to 1993, and Progressive Field since 1994. From 1934 through 1946 some games were played at League Park and some at Cleveland Stadium. They had a record of 11 wins and 4 losses in Opening Day games at League Park, 9 wins and 13 losses at Cleveland Stadium and 2 wins and 4 losses at Progressive Field, for a total home record in Opening Day games of 22 wins and 21 losses.[3] Their record in Opening Day away games is 35 wins and 35 losses.[3][5][6]

Bob Feller has the most Opening Day starts for the Indians, with seven. Stan Coveleski had six Opening Day starts for the Indians, Bob Lemon and CC Sabathia each had five Opening Day starts, and Addie Joss, Willie Mitchell, Gaylord Perry and Charles Nagy each had four.[3] Several Baseball Hall of Famers have made Opening Day starts for the Indians, including Feller, Coveleski, Lemon, Joss, Gaylord Perry, Dennis Eckersley and Early Wynn.[7] Brothers Jim Perry and Gaylord Perry each made Opening Day starts for the Indians.[3][8][9] Jim Perry started on Opening Day in 1961 and Gaylord Perry made Opening Day starts in 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975.[3]

The Indians have played in the World Series six times. They won in 1920 and 1948, and lost in 1954, 1995, 1997, and 2016.[10] Coveleski was the Opening Day starting pitcher in 1920, Feller in 1948, Wynn in 1954, Dennis Martínez in 1995, Nagy in 1997, and Corey Kluber. The Indians are five and one in Opening Day games in those seasons, with the only loss coming in 2016.[3] The Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays currently hold the record for the longest Opening Day game in Major League history. They set that record on Opening Day 2012, when the game lasted 16 innings. This broke the previous record of 15 innings between the Indians and the Detroit Tigers in 1960.[11]

Key

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

Pitchers

Season Pitcher Decision Final
score
Opponent Location Ref(s)
1901 Bill Hoffer (L) 28 Chicago White Sox South Side Park [12]
1902 Earl Moore (L) 25 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [13]
1903 Addie Joss (L) 24 Detroit Tigers Bennett Park [14]
1904 Bill Bernhard (W) 61 Chicago White Sox South Side Park [15]
1905 Earl Moore (2) (W) 62 Detroit Tigers League Park [16]
1906 Otto Hess (W) 31 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [17]
1907 Glenn Liebhardt (L) 02 Detroit Tigers Bennett Park [18]
1908 Addie Joss (2) (L) 12 St. Louis Browns League Park [19]
1909 Addie Joss (3) (W) 42 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [20]
1910 Addie Joss (4) (W) 97 Detroit Tigers Bennett Park [21]
1911 Fred Blanding (L) 312 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [22]
1912 Willie Mitchell (W) 32 Detroit Tigers League Park [23]
1913 Vean Gregg (W) 31 Chicago White Sox League Park [24]
1914 Willie Mitchell (2) (L) 25 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [25]
1915 Willie Mitchell (3) (W) 51 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [26]
1916 Willie Mitchell (4) (L) 16 St. Louis Browns League Park [27]
1917 Stan Coveleski (W) 64 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [28]
1918 Stan Coveleski (2) (W) 62 Detroit Tigers League Park [29]
1919 Stan Coveleski (3) (L) 24 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [30]
1920 Stan Coveleski (4) W 50 St. Louis Browns League Park [31]
1921 Stan Coveleski (5) L 24 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [32]
1922 Guy Morton W 74 Detroit Tigers League Park [33]
1923 Stan Coveleski (6) ND (W) 65 Chicago White Sox League Park [34]
1924 Joe Shaute L 34 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [35]
1925 Sherry Smith ND (W) 2114 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [36]
1926 George Uhle W 21 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [37]
1927 George Uhle (2) W 32 Chicago White Sox League Park [38]
1928 George Uhle (3) W 82 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [39]
1929 Joe Shaute ND (W) 54 Detroit Tigers League Park [40]
1930 Willis Hudlin (L) 78 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [41]
1931 Wes Ferrell W 54 Chicago White Sox League Park [42]
1932 Wes Ferrell (2) W 65 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [43]
1933 Clint Brown W 41 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [44]
1934 Oral Hildebrand W 52 St. Louis Browns League Park [45]
1935 Mel Harder W 21 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [46]
1936 Mel Harder (2) (L) 03 Detroit Tigers League Park [47]
1937 Mel Harder (3) (L) 34 Detroit Tigers Navin Field [48]
1938 Johnny Allen (L) 26 St. Louis Browns League Park [49]
1939 Bob Feller W 51 Detroit Tigers Cleveland Stadium [50]
1940 Bob Feller (2) W 10 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [51]
1941 Bob Feller (3) (L) 34 Chicago White Sox Cleveland Stadium [52]
1942 Jim Bagby W 52 Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [53]
1943 Jim Bagby (2) W 10 Detroit Tigers Cleveland Stadium [54]
1944 Al Smith (L) 13 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [55]
1945 Allie Reynolds (L) 25 Chicago White Sox Cleveland Stadium [56]
1946 Bob Feller (4) W 10 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [57]
1947 Bob Feller (5) (L) 02 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [58]
1948 Bob Feller (6) W 40 St. Louis Browns Cleveland Stadium [59]
1949 Bob Feller (7) (L) 15 St. Louis Browns Sportsman's Park [60]
1950 Bob Lemon (L) 67 Detroit Tigers Cleveland Stadium [61]
1951 Bob Lemon (2) W 21 Detroit Tigers Briggs Stadium [62]
1952 Early Wynn W 32 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [63]
1953 Bob Lemon (3) W 60 Chicago White Sox Cleveland Stadium [64]
1954** Early Wynn (2) W 82 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [65]
1955 Bob Lemon (4) W 51 Chicago White Sox Cleveland Stadium [66]
1956 Bob Lemon (5) L 12 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [67]
1957 Herb Score L 23 Chicago White Sox Cleveland Stadium [68]
1958 Herb Score (2) L 05 Kansas City Athletics Cleveland Stadium [69]
1959 Gary Bell W 64 Kansas City Athletics Municipal Stadium [70]
1960 Gary Bell (2) ND (L) 24 Detroit Tigers Cleveland Stadium [71]
1961 Jim Perry W 95 Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [72]
1962 Dick Donovan W 40 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [73]
1963 Mudcat Grant W 54 Minnesota Twins Metropolitan Stadium [74]
1964 Mudcat Grant (2) ND (L) 67 Minnesota Twins Cleveland Stadium [75]
1965 Ralph Terry W 71 California Angels Dodger Stadium [76]
1966 Sam McDowell W 52 Washington Senators Robert F. Kennedy Stadium [77]
1967 Sam McDowell (2) ND (L) 34 Kansas City Athletics Municipal Stadium [78]
1968 Sonny Siebert W 90 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [79]
1969 Luis Tiant L 26 Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [80]
1970 Sam McDowell (3) L 28 Baltimore Orioles Cleveland Stadium [81]
1971 Steve Hargan L 28 Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [82]
1972 Gaylord Perry L 15 Milwaukee Brewers Cleveland Stadium [83]
1973 Gaylord Perry (2) W 21 Detroit Tigers Cleveland Stadium [84]
1974 Gaylord Perry (3) L 16 New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [85]
1975 Gaylord Perry (4) W 53 New York Yankees Cleveland Stadium [86]
1976 Dennis Eckersley L 13 Detroit Tigers Cleveland Stadium [87]
1977 Dennis Eckersley (2) ND (W) 54 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [88]
1978 Wayne Garland W 85 Kansas City Royals Cleveland Stadium [89]
1979 Rick Wise L 17 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park [90]
1980 Dan Spillner L 210 California Angels Anaheim Stadium [91]
1981 Bert Blyleven L 35 Milwaukee Brewers Cleveland Stadium [92]
1982 Rick Waits L 38 Texas Rangers Cleveland Stadium [93]
1983 Rick Sutcliffe W 85 Oakland Athletics Oakland Coliseum [94]
1984 Rick Sutcliffe (2) W 91 Texas Rangers Arlington Stadium [95]
1985 Bert Blyleven (2) ND (L) 45 Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [96]
1986 Ken Schrom W 64 Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [97]
1987 Tom Candiotti L 34 Toronto Blue Jays Exhibition Stadium [98]
1988 Tom Candiotti (2) ND (L) 34 Texas Rangers Arlington Stadium [99]
1989 Greg Swindell W 21 Milwaukee Brewers Cleveland Stadium [100]
1990 Bud Black ND (L) 46 New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [101]
1991 Greg Swindell (2) L 24 Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [102]
1992 Charles Nagy L 02 Baltimore Orioles Camden Yards [103]
1993 Charles Nagy (2) L 19 New York Yankees Cleveland Stadium [104]
1994 Dennis Martínez ND (W) 43 Seattle Mariners Jacobs Field [105]
1995** Dennis Martínez (2) W 116 Texas Rangers Rangers Ballpark in Arlington [106]
1996* Dennis Martínez (3) L 17 New York Yankees Jacobs Field [107]
1997** Charles Nagy (3) ND (W) 97 Oakland Athletics Oakland Coliseum [108]
1998* Charles Nagy (4) ND (W) 109 Seattle Mariners Kingdome [109]
1999* Jaret Wright ND (L) 56 Anaheim Angels Angel Stadium of Anaheim [110]
2000 Bartolo Colón W 41 Baltimore Orioles Camden Yards [111]
2001* Bartolo Colón (2) L 47 Chicago White Sox Jacobs Field [112]
2002 Bartolo Colón (3) W 60 Anaheim Angels Angel Stadium of Anaheim [113]
2003 CC Sabathia ND (L) 56 Baltimore Orioles Camden Yards [114]
2004 CC Sabathia (2) ND (L) 47 Minnesota Twins Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome [115]
2005 Jake Westbrook L 01 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [116]
2006 CC Sabathia (3) ND (L) 410 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [117]
2007* CC Sabathia (4) W 125 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [118]
2008 CC Sabathia (5) ND (W) 108 Chicago White Sox Progressive Field [119]
2009 Cliff Lee L 19 Texas Rangers Rangers Ballpark in Arlington [5]
2010 Jake Westbrook (2) L 06 Chicago White Sox U.S. Cellular Field [6]
2011 Fausto Carmona L 1015 Chicago White Sox Progressive Field [120]
2012 Justin Masterson ND (L) 47 Toronto Blue Jays Progressive Field [11]
2013* Justin Masterson (2) W 41 Toronto Blue Jays Rogers Centre [121]
2014 Justin Masterson (3) ND (W) 20 Oakland Athletics O.co Coliseum [122]
2015 Corey Kluber L 02 Houston Astros Minute Maid Park [123]
2016** Corey Kluber (2) L 26 Boston Red Sox Progressive Field [124]
2017 Corey Kluber (3) ND (W) 95 Texas Rangers Globe Life Park in Arlington [125]
2018 Corey Kluber (4) L 12 Seattle Mariners Safeco Field [126]

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