Sox Index: 2012 Opening Day Edition

Opening day games started at C for the White Sox by both Ray Schalk and Sherm Loller, most in team history: 10

Opening day games started at 1B for the White Sox by Paul Konerko (including 2012), most in team history: 12

Opening day games started at 2B for the White Sox by Nellie Fox, most in team history: 13

Opening day games started at 3B for the White Sox by Willie Kamm, most in team history: 9

Opening day games started at SS for the White Sox by Luke Appling, most in team history: 14

Opening day games started at LF for the White Sox by Minnie Minoso and Bibb Falk, most in team history: 7

Opening day games started at CF for the White Sox by Lance Johnson, most in team history: 7

Opening day games started at RF for the White Sox by Harold Baines and Fielder Jones, most in team history: 8

Opening day games started at P for the White Sox by Mark Buehrle, most in team history: 9

Opening day games started at DH for the White Sox by Frank Thomas, most in team history: 5

Opening day plate appearances by Frank Thomas as a member of the White Sox, most in team history*: 64

Walks in those plate appearances: 14

Hits: 21

Extra base hits: 10

Opening day RBI by Paul Konerko as a member of the White Sox, most in team history*: 15

Wilbur Wood ERA in 6 opening day appearances (5 starts) for White Sox: 1.49

WHIP in those games: 1.04

Won-loss record: 2-2

Innings pitched by Billy Pierce in opening day games for the White Sox, most in team history*: 54.1

Games Pierce started on opening day: 7

Games completed: 3

Consecutive games Frank Thomas reached base to start the 1996 season, longest streak in White Sox history*: 15

Consecutive games Jim Thome scored one run or more to start the 2006 season, longest streak in White Sox history*: 17

Consecutive games (in which he had a plate appearance) Brian Anderson struck out at least once to start the 2006 season, longest streak in White Sox history*: 14

Consecutive losses by the White Sox to open the 1968 season, longest streak in team history*: 10

Consecutive wins by the White Sox to open the 1982 season, longest streak in team history*: 8

Major league opening day plate appearances by Harold Baines: 82

Opening day plate appearances by Robin Ventura: 59

Opening day plate appearances by Mark Parent: 4

Opening day plate appearances by Jeff Manto: 3

Opening day plate appearances by Joe McEwing: 2

White Sox April winning percentage over the last five years (2007-2011): .462

White Sox April winning percentage the five years before that (2001-2006): .636

Opening day win-loss record of White Sox teams that played in the postseason: 6-3

Of White Sox teams that played in the World Series: 5-0

 

Source:

Baseball-Reference.com (subscription required)

 

*Note: Baseball Reference Play Index data not available prior to1918.  To verify team records on opening day position players, I checked White Sox opening day lineups on the White Sox website, which go back to 1901.

 

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