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List of St. Louis Browns Opening Day starting pitchers

For the Opening Day starting pitchers since 1954, see List of Baltimore Orioles Opening Day starting pitchers.


The St. Louis Browns were a Major League Baseball team that played in St. Louis, Missouri from 1902 through 1953. The franchise moved from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where it was known as the Milwaukee Brewers, after the 1901 season.[1] It moved to Baltimore, Maryland after the 1953 season, where it became known as the Baltimore Orioles.[2] The Browns played their home games at Sportsman's Park. They played in the American League. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season.[3] The Browns used 35 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 52 seasons. The Browns won 26 of those games against 25 losses in those Opening Day starts. They also played one tie game.[4]

Urban Shocker and Ned Garver had the most Opening Day starts for the Browns, with four apiece. Harry Howell, Carl Weilman, Sam Gray and Bobo Newsom each had three Opening Day starts for the Browns. The other pitchers with multiple Opening Day starts for the Browns were Red Donahue, Jack Powell and Lefty Stewart. The Browns won three of both Shocker's and Garver's Opening Day starts, more than any other Browns' pitchers. The Browns lost two of Weilman's Opening Day starts. They did not lose more than one Opening Day game started by any other pitcher.

Although over their history the Browns won only one more Opening Day game than they lost, they did have a nine-game winning streak in Opening Day games from 1937 through 1945. That winning streak immediately followed their longest losing streak in Opening Day games, which was five losses from 1932 through 1936.

The Browns' first game in St. Louis was played on April 23, 1902 against the Cleveland Indians at Sportsman's Park.[4] Their Opening Day starting pitcher for that game was Red Donahue.[5] The Browns won the game 5–2.[4][5] The Browns advanced to the World Series only once during their time in St. Louis, in 1944.[6][7] In their only postseason appearance, they lost the 1944 World Series to their Sportsman's Park cotennant St. Louis Cardinals, four games to two.[8] Jack Kramer was the Browns Opening Day starting pitcher that season.[9] The Browns won that game.[4][9]

The franchise's only major league Opening Day game as the Milwaukee Brewers was played on April 25, 1901 against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. Pink Hawley was the Brewers' Opening Day starting pitcher. The Brewers lost the game by a score of 14–13.[4][10]

Key

Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Browns season.
W Win
L Loss
T Tie game; no decision to starting pitcher
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Browns won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Browns lost game
(W) Browns won game; no information on starting pitcher's decision
(L) Browns lost game; no information on starting pitcher's decision
(#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter
** AL Champions

Pitchers



Year Pitcher Decision Opponent Location Reference
1901[a] Hawley, PinkPink Hawley (L) Detroit Tigers Bennett Park [4][10]
1902 Donahue, RedRed Donahue (W) Cleveland Indians Sportsman's Park [4][5]
1903 Donahue, RedRed Donahue (2) (L) Chicago White Sox Sportsman's Park [4][11]
1904 Siever, EdEd Siever (L) Detroit Tigers Sportsman's Park [4][12]
1905 Howell, HarryHarry Howell (W) Chicago White Sox South Side Park [4][13]
1906 Howell, HarryHarry Howell (2) (L) Cleveland Indians Sportsman's Park [4][14]
1907 Howell, HarryHarry Howell (3) (W) Chicago White Sox Sportsman's Park [4][15]
1908 Pelty, BarneyBarney Pelty (W) Cleveland Indians League Park [4][16]
1909 Powell, JackJack Powell (L) Cleveland Indians Sportsman's Park [4][17]
1910 Grahame, BillBill Grahame (L) Chicago White Sox South Side Park [4][18]
1911 Powell, JackJack Powell (2) (W) Cleveland Indians Sportsman's Park [4][19]
1912 Lake, JoeJoe Lake (L) Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [4][20]
1913 Weilman, CarlCarl Weilman (W) Detroit Tigers Sportsman's Park [4][21]
1914 Weilman, CarlCarl Weilman (2) (L) Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [4][22]
1915 Weilman, CarlCarl Weilman (3) (L) Chicago White Sox Sportsman's Park [4][23]
1916 Groom, BobBob Groom (L) Cleveland Indians League Park [4][24]
1917 Hamilton, EarlEarl Hamilton (L) Chicago White Sox Sportsman's Park [4][25]
1918 Lowdermilk, GroverGrover Lowdermilk (W) Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [4][26]
1919 Davenport, DaveDave Davenport (L) Chicago White Sox Sportsman's Park [4][27]
1920 Sothoron, AllenAllen Sothoron (L) Cleveland Indians League Park [4][28]
1921 Shocker, UrbanUrban Shocker (W) Cleveland Indians Sportsman's Park [4][29]
1922 Shocker, UrbanUrban Shocker (2) (W) Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [4][30]
1923 Shocker, UrbanUrban Shocker (3) (L) Detroit Tigers Sportsman's Park [4][31]
1924 Shocker, UrbanUrban Shocker (4) (W) Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [4][32]
1925 Bush, JoeJoe Bush (L) Cleveland Indians Sportsman's Park [4][33]
1926 Gaston, MiltMilt Gaston (L) Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [4][34]
1927 Zachary, TomTom Zachary T Detroit Tigers Sportsman's Park [4][35]
1928 Gray, SamSam Gray (W) Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [4][36]
1929 Gray, SamSam Gray (2) (W) Chicago White Sox Sportsman's Park [4][37]
1930 Gray, SamSam Gray (3) (L) Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [4][38]
1931 Stewart, LeftyLefty Stewart (W) Detroit Tigers Sportsman's Park [4][39]
1932 Stewart, LeftyLefty Stewart (2) (L) Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [4][40]
1933 Hadley, BumpBump Hadley (L) Chicago White Sox Sportsman's Park [4][41]
1934 Blaeholder, GeorgeGeorge Blaeholder (L) Cleveland Indians League Park [4][42]
1935 Newsom, BoboBobo Newsom (L) Cleveland Indians Sportsman's Park [4][43]
1936 Andrews, IvyIvy Andrews (L) Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [4][44]
1937 Hildebrand, OralOral Hildebrand (W) Chicago White Sox Sportsman's Park [4][45]
1938 Newsom, BoboBobo Newsom (2) (W) Cleveland Indians League Park [4][46]
1939 Newsom, BoboBobo Newsom (3) (W) Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [4][47]
1940 Coffman, SlickSlick Coffman (W) Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [4][48]
1941 Auker, EldenElden Auker (W) Detroit Tigers Sportsman's Park [4][49]
1942 Muncrief, BobBob Muncrief (W) Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [4][50]
1943 Hollingsworth, AlAl Hollingsworth (W) Chicago White Sox Sportsman's Park [4][51]
1944** Kramer, JackJack Kramer (W) Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [4][9]
1945 Jakucki, SigSig Jakucki (W) Detroit Tigers Sportsman's Park [4][52]
1946 Potter, NelsNels Potter (L) Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [4][53]
1947 Galehouse, DennyDenny Galehouse (L) Detroit Tigers Sportsman's Park [4][54]
1948 Sanford, FredFred Sanford (L) Cleveland Indians Cleveland Stadium [4][55]
1949 Garver, NedNed Garver (W) Cleveland Indians Sportsman's Park [4][56]
1950 Garver, NedNed Garver (2) (W) Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [4][57]
1951 Garver, NedNed Garver (3) (L) Chicago White Sox Sportsman's Park [4][58]
1952 Garver, NedNed Garver (4) (W) Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [4][59]
1953 Trucks, VirgilVirgil Trucks (W) Detroit Tigers Sportsman's Park [4][60]

Footnote

a As the Milwaukee Brewers

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