Opening Day: T-minus Four

The hope every Opening Day is to get the new season off to a great start – which is roughly translated as win the game. Probably the best get the season started pitching performance in baseball history would go to National Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Feller.

On Opening Day 1940 (April 16), Feller took the mound for his Cleveland Indians at old Comiskey Park and proceded to no-hit the Chicago White Sox. No pitcher had every done that before and none has done so since. ‘Rapid’ Robert was a bit wild, posting five walks, but he did not allow a hit and got Cleveland off to a good start in fine fashion.

What was the best pitch performance on Opening Day in Royals history? It’s debatable, but it might have been a combined effort from Runelvys Hernandez, Jason Grimsley and Mike MacDougal in 2003. Those three joined together to shutout the Chicago White Sox (3-0) here at Kauffman Stadium on Monday, March 31. The good Opening Day would quickly turn into the best start in Royals history when the club rattled off eight more consecutive wins and stood tall at 9-0 – all alone in first place.

Let’s hope Zack has more of that 2009 magic working and the 2010 Royals get a good jump on the season on Monday! 

Did You Know?: The Royals have started the season in the month of March three times in their history:

1998 - March 31 (Camden Yards - Baltimore)

Royals

4

 

Orioles

1

Jeff King, Dean Palmer and Larry Sutton all have two hits games – Sutton drives in three of the Royals four runs. Tim Belcher started and threw seven shutout innings.
 

2003 - March 31 (Kauffman Stadium - Kansas City)

White Sox

0

 

Royals

3

Runelvys Hernandez, Jason Grimsley and Mike MacDougal combine for only Opening Day shutout in Royals history.
 
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 (which you already knew from yesterday’s entry) 
 
Undefeated!
 
(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame) 

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