Monday, March 31, 2014

It's Opening Day 2014!!

To celebrate opening day, I've got the Cubs all time opening day lineup. The lineup features a majority of the players from the '60's and later. That seems odd to me, considering the long history of the Cubs. In fact, of the entire lineup, I have seen all but three (Hartnett, Grimm and Pafko) of them play (and I'm not that old).

Here's what I did to pick the cards shown (when possible):  This is Samardzijas's second Opening Day start, so I've got the card from the season of Fergie's second Opening Day start.  I could do the same with Grace, Sandberg, Dunston, Santo, Williams, and Sosa.  I've also got the opening day count for today's Cubs lineup.

Pitcher: Fergie Jenkins, 7 Opening Day starts
Jeff Samarzdija is making his second start today.

Catcher: Gabby Hartnett, 12 starts
Welington Castillo is making his second Opening Day start


First Base (since 1900): Charlie Grimm and Mark Grace, 12 starts
Anthony Rizzo makes his second opening day start.

Second Base: Ryne Sandberg, 13 starts 
Darwin Barney makes his third opening day start.

Shortstop: Shawon Dunston, 11 starts
Starlin Castro is making his fourth start

Third Base: Ron Santo, 13 starts
Mike Olt makes his first opening day start

Left Field: Billy Williams, 10 starts
Junior Lake is making his first opening day start.

Center Field (since 1900): Andy Pafko, 7 starts
Ryan Sweeney makes his first opening day start

Right Field: Sammy Sosa, 12 starts
Nate Schierholtz is the starting right fielder for the second time


  1. I'm surprised that Ernie Banks didn't make the cut.

  2. Splitting his career between shortstop and first base kept him off the list

  3. Cool post. Might need to borrow this idea for next year.