Opening Day: T-minus Five

After a winter without baseball, we all look forward to having the game back. You want to take in as much baseball as you can and because there has not been a doubleheader on Opening Day since 1971 (White Sox at Oakland – swept by the visitors) your next best bet is extra innings.

And if you are a Kansas City fan you might want to hope for that because extra innings on Opening Day have been very good to the Royals. There have been four extra innings games in Royals history on Opening Day with the Royals winning 3 of the 4:

 

1969 – April 8 (Municipal Stadium – Kansas City)

Twins

3

 

Royals

4

12 Innings

Joe Keough one-out pinch-hit single scores Joe Foy with the game winner.
 

1972 – April 15 (Municipal Stadium – Kansas City)

White Sox

1

 

Royals

2

11 Innings

John Mayberry two-out single scores Paul Schaal with the game winner.

2008 - March 31 (Comerica Park - Detroit)

Royals

5

 

Tigers

4

11 Innings

Tony Pena Jr two-out single scores John Buck with the go-ahead run.

 

The only Opening Day extra inning loss came on April 9, 1990 at Royals Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles when Cal Ripken scored Joe Orsulak with a single against Mark Davis to give the O’s a 7-6 win in 11 innings.

Did You Know?: The Royals have been rained or snowed out on Opening Day four times – mostly recently last year on April 6, 2009 in Chicago. The only Opening Day game postponed here in Kansas City came on April 2, 1984 when the Royals were set to host the New York Yankees. The season got started the next day when the Royals beat the Yankees 4-2 starting Kansas City to a surprising 1984 American League Western Division Championship.

(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)

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