There are few cities that celebrate Opening Day festivities like the city of Cleveland.
With the 2016 American League pennant under their belt, the 2017 edition figures to be a must-see spectacle for all Tribe fans.
Home Opener Odds and Ends
- Tuesday marks the 117th home opener in the history of the Indians franchise, 24 of which have taken place at Progressive Field.
- Cleveland features a 59-57 (.509) record in home openers, including an 11-12 clip since the current stadium opened in 1994.
- The Tribe and White Sox have faced each other 22 times in Cleveland home openers, the second most all-time (Detroit, 33).
- In American League history, the Indians own the top three attendance figures for their home openers...
- 74,420 fans vs. the Detroit Tigers on April 7, 1973
- 73,290 fans vs. the New York Yankees on April 5, 1993
- 73,163 fans vs. the St. Louis Browns on April 20, 1948
- Longest home opener winning streak is five games between 1920 and 1924.
- Longest home opener losing streak is six games between 1906 and 1911.
- Cleveland is 19-15 in the 34 one-run home openers played.
- Bob Feller is the winningest pitcher in home opener history with four wins.
- The last time the Tribe tossed a shutout in the home opener was April 19, 1990. They have recorded nine shutouts and been shutout on eight different occasions.
- Nick Swisher was the last Indians player to hit a home run in the home opener, a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning on April 4, 2014 vs. Minnesota.
- Casey Blake was the last Indians player to hit a grand slam in the home opener, a fifth inning blast off Kyle Lohse of the Minnesota Twins on April 7, 2006.
- Here is the Tribe's home opener record by decade...
- 1901-1909: 4-5
- 1910-1919: 4-6
- 1920-1929: 9-1
- 1930-1939: 6-4
- 1940-1949: 5-5
- 1950-1959: 6-4
- 1960-1969: 3-7
- 1970-1979: 5-5
- 1980-1989: 5-5
- 1990-1999: 6-4
- 2000-2009: 5-5
- 2010-2016: 1-6