By Mike Gibson @papreps on April 7, 2014
When the first pitch of the Philadelphia Phillies’ home opener is thrown on Tuesday, it will mark the beginning of the franchise’s 11th year at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies have had a rough time in home openers there, going 3-7 over the last 10 years. The team hopes to have a memorable opener in 2014 like these five from their past.
Coming off their first-ever pennant, the good vibes were flowing at the Phils’ home park, the Baker Bowl, as Grover Cleveland Alexander pictured here pitched all nine innings to earn the win on April 12, 1916.
In a battle of two great pitchers, but not a pitching duel, Robin Roberts beat Don Newcombe, 9-1. Roberts pitched all nine innings and scattered seven hits. Second baseman Mike Goliat went 4-for-4 and scored a pair of runs for the Phillies. His counterpart on the Dodgers, Jackie Robinson, went 2-for-4. The Phillies went on to win the pennant on the final day of the season.
In the first-ever game at Veterans Stadium, Jim Bunning pitched the Phillies to the win and third baseman Don Money hit the first home run there. Current Phillies’ bench coach Larry Bowa went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Steve Carlton pitched all nine innings to earn the win for the Phils, who got their 1980 World Series Championship rings before a sellout crowd of 60,404 that day. Teammate Pete Rose led the hitting attack by going 3-for-5.
In the final home opener at Connie Mack Stadium, Chris Short outdueled future Hall of Famer (and former Phillie) Ferguson Jenkins, 2-0, and pitched all nine innings. The Phils got multiple-hit games from centerfielder Larry Hisle, second baseman Denny Doyle and third baseman Don Money. Doyle and Money drove in the runs.
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