Youngest, Oldest, Most Frequent Opening Day Starters

With Opening Day just a couple of days away, the VORG gives you the oldest and youngest players to ever start an Opening Day game, as well as the record holders for most Opening Day starts.

YOUNGEST OPENING DAY STARTERS – BY POSITION
1913-2016
POS Player Age Date Tm Opp
1B Ed Kranepool 20.155 4/12/1965 NYM LAD
2B Bobby Doerr 19.013 4/20/1937 BOS PHA
3B Bob Kennedy 19.242 4/16/1940 CHW CLE
SS Granny Hamner 17.356 4/17/1945 PHI BRO
LF Johnny Callison 20.029 4/10/1959 CHW DET
CF Tony Conigliaro 19.100 4/16/1964 BOS NYY
RF Ed Kranepool 18.152 4/9/1963 NYM STL
C Hank Ruszkowski 19.158 4/17/1945 CLE CHW
SP Catfish Hunter 20.004 4/12/1966 KCA MIN
DH Eddie Murray 21.042 4/7/1977 BAL TEX
1965-2016 (Amateur Draft era)
POS Player Age Date Tm Opp
1B Ed Kranepool 20.155 4/12/1965 NYM LAD
2B Lou Whitaker 20.330 4/7/1978 DET TOR
3B Adrian Beltre 19.363 4/5/1999 LAD ARI
SS Robin Yount 18.201 4/5/1974 MIL BOS
LF Bill Buckner 20.114 4/7/1970 LAD CIN
CF Ken Griffey 19.133 4/3/1989 SEA OAK
RF Cesar Cedeno 20.039 4/5/1971 HOU LAD
C Butch Wynegar 20.026 4/9/1976 MIN TEX
SP Catfish Hunter 20.004 4/12/1966 KCA MIN
DH Eddie Murray 21.042 4/7/1977 BAL TEX
OLDEST OPENING DAY STARTERS – BY POSITION
1913-2016
POS Player Age Date Tm Opp
1B Julio Franco 45.227 4/6/2004 ATL NYM
2B Honus Wagner 42.048 4/12/1916 PIT STL
3B Luke Appling 41.018 4/20/1948 CHW DET
SS Luke Appling 42.017 4/19/1949 CHW DET
LF Pete Rose 42.355 4/3/1984 MON HOU
CF Willie Mays 41.335 4/6/1973 NYM PHI
RF Sam Rice 44.056 4/17/1934 CLE SLB
C Carlton Fisk 43.103 4/8/1991 CHW BAL
SP Jack Quinn 47.287 4/14/1931 BRO BSN
DH Carl Yastrzemski 43.226 4/5/1983 BOS TOR
1965-2016 (Amateur Draft era)
POS Player Age Date Tm Opp
1B Julio Franco 45.227 4/6/2004 ATL NYM
2B Craig Biggio 41.109 4/2/2007 HOU PIT
3B Wade Boggs 40.294 4/5/1999 TBD BAL
SS Ozzie Smith 40.121 4/26/1995 STL PHI
LF Pete Rose 42.355 4/3/1984 MON HOU
CF Willie Mays 41.335 4/6/1973 NYM PHI
RF Pete Rose 41.356 4/5/1983 PHI NYM
C Carlton Fisk 43.103 4/8/1991 CHW BAL
SP Charlie Hough 46.090 4/5/1994 FLA LAD
DH Carl Yastrzemski 43.226 4/5/1983 BOS TOR
MOST FREQUENT OPENING DAY STARTERS – BY POSITION
1913-2016
POS Player Years
1B Eddie Murray 16
1B Fred McGriff 16
2B Joe Morgan 20
3B Brooks Robinson 20
SS Omar Vizquel 18
LF Carl Yastrzemski 15
CF Tris Speaker 16
RF Sammy Sosa 16
RF Mel Ott 16
C Ivan Rodriguez 20
SP Tom Seaver 14
DH David Ortiz 13

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