Reprinted from yesterday’s comments…
Here are some odd opening day records/stats/numbers; all of these numbers are from the last 50 years. In the last 50 years, who has:
The most opening day Reds games scoring at least 1 run? Barry Larkin; 13 opening day games with a run (that is AMAZING! Think about it, in 13 different seasons, Larkin scored at least one run for the Reds on opening day!). No player in the last 50 years has more.
In the last 50 years, who has gotten at least one hit in the most consecutive Reds opening day games? Dave Concepcion, with 14.
Most opening day triples? Pete Rose, 2 (1970 and 1976 opening days).
Most opening day homers? Frank Robinson, Tony Perez, Barry Larkin, and Adam Dunn, with 3.
And maybe the biggest surprise…
In the last 50 years, which Red would you think had the most opening day games with at least 1 RBI? Dave Concepcion (9 games)!?!?!?!?! (Second was Larkin, with 8). What about all the sluggers?
Most opening day games with a BB? Larkin, 10.
Most opening day games reaching base? Larkin, 17 (WOW!). In the last 50 years, only 6 players had more opening day games reaching base. Yaz, Henderson (duh), Bonds, Pete Rose (not all with the Reds), Murray, and Joe Morgan
Most opening day games with a SB? Larkin, 5
Which Reds pitcher in the last 50 years had the most:
Opening Day starts with a game score greater than 65? Mario Soto, 3.
Opening Day starts with a game score lower than 40? Tom Seaver, Jose Rijo, Tom Browning, with 3.
Opening Day wins? Soto, 4 (Reds pitching in the last 50 years, well, has sucked, so nobody is even close for opening day wins. Jim O’Toole and Danny Graves each have 2 opening day wins in the same span and no other pitcher has more than 1.)
Opening Day losses in the last 50 years? Rijo, 3 (he never pitched great on opening day; even in his opening day complete game, he was just okay).
Opening Day saves? Dibble, with two.
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