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Opening day : all major league baseball season opening games, by team, 1876-1998
Kerr, Don, 1933-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [1999]

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ix, 189 pages ; 25 cm
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GV875.A1 K47 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This is a team-by-team reference to every baseball opening day game played since the National League started in 1876 (and the American League followed in 1901). Each team's entry begins with a chronological list of opening games, noting the opposing team, score, starting pitcher, pitcher of record, and homerun hitters. This is followed by an accounting of the team's overall record, at home record, away record, and record against specific teams. Totals for major statistical categories are given, as well as individual marks for pitching, hitting and fielding. Appendices list grand slams, overall team and individual opening day records, and year-by-year scores.

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Booklist Review

Tom Seaver started in 16 of them. Babe Ruth had five hits during one. The Chicago Cubs have won more of them than any other team. Because they are a sign of the dawning of spring, or because they provide for punctuation in a season that spans seven months--whatever the reason, no other sport besides baseball has such a mystique surrounding its opening day. In this volume, Kerr has pulled together all the basic information about what transpired for every team in major league baseball on every opening day. This book answers many questions for fans of a sport that places central importance on statistics and records. The main body of the work is composed of two sections, one for the American League and one for the National League. Within each section, the teams are treated in alphabetical order. For every team, the reader will find the opponent, final score, starting pitcher, and home runs hit by the team. This is followed by a set of opening day records for the team as a whole and individuals for hitting, pitching, and fielding. Every team has a section, even the Kansas City Cowboys, New York Mutuals, Philadelphia Athletics, Seattle Pilots, and Syracuse Stars, all of whom only existed for a single season before moving on to a different city. At the end of each league's section, opening day individual and team records are given for the league as a whole. Three valuable appendixes follow the two main sections. The first appendix lists all 23 grand slams hit on opening day, first by team, then chronologically. The second appendix gives individual and team records for opening day for all of Major League Baseball. The final appendix gives all the final scores for every opening day, year by year. A brief bibliography is followed by a comprehensive index that lists every player mentioned in the body of the work. As a contribution to the statistical mania that feeds baseball fanatics, this volume is valuable and fun. A useful addition to the book would be a franchise history for each team. Only seasoned fans will know that the Washington Senators moved on to become the Texas Rangers in 1972. Also, it would be useful to see franchise records in addition to team records. However, additional details such as these are easy to find in comprehensive baseball encyclopedias such as the Baseball Encyclopedia (10th ed., Macmillan, 1996). Opening Day is highly recommended for any collection that serves baseball fans.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introductionp. 1
American Leaguep. 9
Anaheim Angels (1961-)p. 11
Baltimore Orioles (1901-02)p. 13
Baltimore Orioles (1954-)p. 14
Boston Red Sox (1901-)p. 17
Chicago White Sox (1901-)p. 22
Cleveland Indians (1901-)p. 27
Detroit Tigers (1901-)p. 32
Kansas City Athletics (1955-67)p. 37
Kansas City Royals (1969-)p. 38
Milwaukee Brewers (1901)p. 40
Milwaukee Brewers (1970-1997)p. 40
Minnesota Twins (1961-)p. 41
New York Yankees (1903-)p. 44
Oakland Athletics (1968-)p. 49
Philadelphia Athletics (1901-54)p. 52
St. Louis Browns (1902-53)p. 54
Seattle Mariners (1977-)p. 56
Seattle Pilots (1969)p. 58
Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998-)p. 58
Texas Rangers (1972-)p. 59
Toronto Blue Jays (1977-)p. 62
Washington Nationals (1901-60)p. 64
Washington Senators (1961-71)p. 66
American League Opening Day Recordsp. 67
National Leaguep. 69
Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-)p. 71
Atlanta Braves (1966-)p. 72
Baltimore Orioles (1892-99)p. 75
Boston Braves (1876-1952)p. 75
Brooklyn Dodgers (1890-1957)p. 78
Buffalo Bisons (1879-85)p. 80
Chicago Cubs (1876-)p. 80
Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-80)p. 86
Cincinnati Reds (1890-)p. 86
Cleveland Blues (1879-84)p. 92
Cleveland Spiders (1889-99)p. 92
Colorado Rockies (1993-)p. 92
Detroit Wolverines (1881-88)p. 94
Florida Marlins (1993-)p. 94
Hartford Dark Blues (1876-77)p. 96
Houston Astros (1962-)p. 96
Indianapolis Hoosiers (1878)p. 99
Indianapolis Hoosiers (1887-89)p. 99
Kansas City Cowboys (1886)p. 99
Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-)p. 100
Louisville Colonels (1892-99)p. 103
Louisville Grays (1876-77)p. 103
Milwaukee Braves (1953-65)p. 103
Milwaukee Brewers (1998-)p. 104
Milwaukee Cream Citys (1878)p. 105
Montreal Expos (1969-)p. 106
New York Giants (1883-1957)p. 108
New York Mets (1962-)p. 111
New York Mutuals (1876)p. 114
Philadelphia Athletics (1876)p. 114
Philadelphia Phillies (1883-)p. 114
Pittsburgh Pirates (1887-)p. 120
Providence Grays (1878-85)p. 125
St. Louis Brown Stockings (1876-77)p. 125
St. Louis Cardinals (1892-)p. 126
St. Louis Maroons (1885-86)p. 131
San Diego Padres (1969-)p. 131
San Francisco Giants (1958-)p. 134
Syracuse Stars (1879)p. 137
Troy Trojans (1879-82)p. 137
Washington Senators (1892-99)p. 138
Washington Statesmen (1886-89)p. 138
Worcester Ruby Legs (1880-82)p. 138
National League Opening Day Recordsp. 139
Appendicesp. 141
A. Opening Day Grand Slamsp. 143
B. Major League Opening Day Recordsp. 147
C. Opening Day Results, Year by Yearp. 151
Referencesp. 173
Indexp. 174