Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Seattle Mariners Catching up with the Browns' Opening Day Record

The Seattle Mariners yesterday tied a 70-year old record held by the St. Louis Browns.    It is the American league record of most consecutive wins on opening day, with nine.   The Browns won nine consecutive opening days from 1937 through 1945.

The Browns would have made it 10 straight, but in 1946, the Browns' Nels Potter  lost a pitchers' duel to Hal Newhouser, as the defending World Champion Detroit Tigers beat the Brownies 2-1.

Back in those days, the Browns opened the season against the de facto Western Division. During their nine season record-setting span, the Browns opened against the Tigers and Chicago White Sox four times each, and the Cleveland Indians once.

Yes, the Browns were very proficient at giving their fans opening-day bliss. Rest of the season? Not so much....


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