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0 -- Hits allowed by Bob Feller on April 16, 1940, the only Opening Day no-hitter. Feller walked five and struck out eight as the Indians beat the White Sox 1-0 at Comiskey. Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth with No. 714 in the 1974 opener. Walter Iooss Jr.
.625 -- Winning percentage on Opening Day by the New York Mets, tops in the modern era. The Mets won nine straight openers from 1975-83, a record they share with with the St. Louis Browns, who won nine straight from 1937-45.
3 -- Most home runs by one player in an opener, by George Bell of Toronto in 1988 and the Cubs' Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes in 1994. Rhodes hit five more homers that season.
5 -- Most hits in an opener, shared by many, but not accomplished since Nellie Fox of the White Sox on April 10, 1959. The last NLer to do it was Billy Herman with the Cubs on April 14, 1936.
6 -- Pitchers who have made more Opening Day starts than Roger Clemens' 12 (including Monday's assignment) -- Tom Seaver (16), Walter Johnson (15), Steve Carlton (14), Jack Morris (14) and Robin Roberts (13).
7 -- Opening Day home runs for Ken Griffey, Jr., most among active players. The record is eight, held by Frank Robinson -- three for Cincinnati, three for Baltimore, one for California, and one for Cleveland. Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Eddie Mathews and Carl Yastrzemski also hit seven apiece.
8 -- Number of first pitches thrown out by Franklin Roosevelt, more than any other U.S. president. William Howard Taft began the tradition in 1910 and every U.S. president except Jimmy Carter has done it since then.
10 -- Total bases for Gee Walker, the only man to hit for the cycle on Opening Day. Walker did it in reverse order (home run, triple, double, single) to lead the Tigers past the Indians 4-3 on April 20, 1937.
12 -- Largest margin of victory in a shutout win on Opening Day, in the Brewers' 12-0 win over the Orioles in 1988.
13 -- Players on Opening Day rosters born in the 80s: Albert Pujols (1/16/80), Cesar Izturis (2/10/80), Ryan Langerhans (2/20/80), Carlos Hernandez (4/22/80), Felipe Lopez (5/12/80), Josh Beckett (5/15/80), C.C. Sabathia, (7/21/80), Jesus Colome (6/2/80), Nick Neugebauer (7/15/80), Juan Uribe (7/22/80), Sean Burroughs (9/12/80), Miguel Asencio (9/29/80) and Hank Blalock (11/21/80).
17 -- Different Opening Day third basemen for the Chicago Cubs since the departure of Ron Santo after the 1973 season.
21 -- Most runs scored by a team on Opening Day, by Cleveland, in a 21-14 win over the St. Louis Browns on April 14, 1925.
24 -- Grand slams hit on Opening Day. Houston's Daryle Ward became the 23rd player to do it last season. The only player to hit grand slams in two different openers was Sixto Lezcano (1980, '82).
33 -- Years spent by the Reds at Cinergy Field, which opened in 1970 and will give way to a new stadium in 2003.
38 -- Age of Walter Johnson in 1926 when he threw a 15-inning shutout against the A's for his record sixth Opening Day shutout.
47 -- Age of Jack Quinn when he to started for the Brooklyn Dodgers on Opening Day in 1931. Charlie Hough was 46 when he took the hill for the Florida Marlins in 1994.
53 -- Opening Days in uniform for Don Zimmer, 71, who began his professional baseball career in the middle of the 1949 season.
83 -- Height, in inches, of White Sox fifth starter Jon Rauch. The 6-foot-11 right-hander is about to become the tallest player in major league history. That honor currently belongs to Diamondbacks lefty Randy Johnson and former Mets southpaw Eric Hillman, both 6-10.
714 -- Career home runs for Hank Aaron after his three-run blast on April 4, 1974, which tied Babe Ruth's all-time record. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn ordered the Atlanta Braves to put Aaron in the lineup after they had considered holding him out until their home opener.


 


 
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