Friday, April 08, 2005


April 8th, 1985

Tom Seaver Opens White Sox Season

Continuing our theme (here at TATDiBH, one day prior is a theme) of obscure Opening Day related records, we come to Tom Seaver. "Tom Terrific" started for the White Sox at County Stadium, pitching six and two-third innings, giving up two runs and earning the victory in a 4-2 White Sox triumph which, incidentally, marked the debut of current Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen. The Opening Day start was notable as it represented Seaver's fifteenth Opening Day start, which was a Major League Record, breaking Walter Johnson's record fourteen for the Washington Senators. Seaver's were divided with ten coming with the Mets, three with the Cincinnati Reds and two with the White Sox. Seaver would add an additional Opening Day start to his record the next year and retired after that season, finishing his career with sixteen Opening Day starts (out of twenty seasons in the Majors), just another in the boatload of honors and records held by one of the greatest pitchers of all time.

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