Rube Marquard begins a nineteen-game consecutive winning streak by beating the Dodgers, 18-3, in a game featuring 13 ground-rule doubles hit by the visitors because of the overflow crowd in the outfield and along the foul lines. The future Hall of Fame southpaw's streak will end in July when the Giants lose to Chicago at the West Side Grounds, 7-2.
Rube Marquard (1912)
Library of Congress - Benjamin K. Edwards Collection
Robin Roberts, in his twelfth-straight Opening Day start, is tagged with the loss when the Phillies lose to the Dodgers in the LA Memorial Coliseum, 6-2. The right-hander's effort ties Grover Cleveland Alexander's National League record for consecutive season openers.
Jeromy Burnitz, Ryan Doumit, Jack Wilson, and Craig Wilson hit solo home runs in the Pirates' 7-6 victory over the Dodgers at PNC Park. The quartet of round-trippers blasted by the Buc sluggers is each player's second homer of the season. (Ed. Note: Our thanks to L. Cole for suggesting this entry - LP)