It’s another Detroit Tigers Opening Day in Pure Michigan, signaling the start of spring and the beginning of another season of Motor City Kitties baseball. For generations, Tigers fans would excitedly listen to the late Ernie Harwell recite “The Song of the Turtle” before each opening Day, and prepare for another season with the “boys of summer”.
To celebrate Opening Day in Detroit, considered by many as an unofficial holiday in Michigan, we rounded up nine Tigers opening day statistics. Make sure to check out our April Events Roundup for everything else happening in April in Pure Michigan.
.553 – The Tigers’ winning percentage for Opening Day games since 1901. The Tigers own a 63-50 record for opening day, including both home and away games. All time, the Tigers own a .508 winning percentage with a 9011-8719 record.
4 – Four Tops, the legendary Motown group, will sing the national anthem before the Tigers take the field against the Minnesota Twins. As part of the festivities, Michigan native J.K. Simmons will throw the first pitch.
8 – Times the Tigers have opened the season at Comerica Park since its opening in 2000. Before Comerica Park, the Tigers played at Tiger Stadium (formerly Navin Field and Briggs Stadium) from 1912-1999.
10 – The number of opening day games pitcher Justin Verlander has spent with the Tigers. Verlander, who is currently the longest-tenured player with the team at ten years, famously won the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards in 2011.
11 – The numbers of new faces on the 2015 Opening Day roster compared to last season. These include: David Price, Joakim Soria, Hernan Perez, James McCann, Shane Greene, Alfredo Simon, Anthony Gose, Tom Gorzelanny, Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Martinez and Angel Nesbitt.
20 – The most runs scored by a Tigers team during an opening day game. This record was set on April 13, 1993 vs. the Oakland Athletics.
23 – The number of Opening Day games the Tigers have played under the ownership of Mike and Marian Ilitch. Along with the Tigers, the Ilitch family also owns the Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesars Pizza.
30,000 – The average number of hot dogs sold at a Detroit Tigers home game. Pass the mustard!
45,068 – Fans that attended Opening Day in Detroit in 2014, setting a franchise record for attendance.
If you couldn’t make it downtown for the festivities, here’s a quick look at how Tigers fans spent the day.
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