Cubs Opening Day 2024 trivia

Justin Steele 2024 opening day stats

Justin Steele will be the first time the Cubs Opening Day starter is a lefty that the Cubs drafted. (via desipio)

Justin Steele will also be the Cubs 3rd youngest left Opening Day starter. (via 57hits)

Since 2016, the Cubs Opening Day record is 8-2

(via stathead)

Greg Maddux started only one Opening Day for the Cubs

  • 1986 Rick Sutcliffe
  • 1987 Rick Sutcliffe
  • 1988 Rick Sutcliffe
  • 1989 Rick Sutcliffe
  • 1990 Mike Bielecki
  • 1991 Danny Jackson
  • 1992 Greg Maddux
  • 2004 Kerry Wood
  • 2005 Carlos Zambrano
  • 2006 Carlos Zambrano

(via stathead)

The most earned runs given up by a Cubs Opening Day starter

Kevin Tapani. 9 earned runs in two innings. What a way to start the season!

Most strikeouts thrown by Cubs Opening Day Starter

13 strikeouts in Lon Warneke’s one-hitter of 1934.
2nd most strikeouts is Ryan Dempster’s 10 strikeouts in 2012.

Most home runs given up by a Cubs Opening Day pitcher

3 HR. Rick Sutcliffe (1988), Mike Morgan (1994)

Most home runs by a Cubs batter

3 HR by Karl Tuffy Rhodes (1994) All three HR were off Dwight Gooden.

  • 1st inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep LF-CF
  • 3rd inn, 0 on, 2 outs to Deep LF-CF
  • 5th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep LF-CF

(source)

Most hits by a Cubs batter

5 hits by Billy Herman (1936)
(source)

Most Cubs team HR

5 HR (1936)

  • Frank Demaree (off Dizzy Dean, 1st inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep CF-RF)
  • Frank Demaree (off Dizzy Dean, 5th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep LF)
  • Chuck Klein (off Dizzy Dean, 6th inn, 1 on, 1 out to Deep RF)
  • Gabby Hartnett (off Dizzy Dean, 6th inn, 0 on, 1 out to Deep CF-RF)
  • Billy Herman (off Bill McGee, 7th inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep RF)

(source)

Most Cubs team hits

23 hits (2005) Cubs won 16-6 against Arizona. The Diamondbacks starting pitcher was Javier Vazquez. He gave up 10 hits.
(source)

Most Cub Opening Day starts

  • 17: Ernie Banks
  • 13: Ryne Sandberg, Ron Santo, Billy Williams
  • 12: Mark Grace, Gabby Hartnett, Charlie Grimm, Stan Hack, and Sammy Sosa
  • 11: Shawon Dunston

Most current Cub Opening Day starts (not including 2024)

  • 5: Ian Happ
  • 3: Nico Hoerner
  • Odd thing: There are no other current Cubs with 2 Opening Day starts. Unless if you count David Bote.

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