In the Post-Integration Era (1947 to the present, in case you’ve been in a cave somewhere for 70 years) only four pitchers have hit a triple on Opening Day. This year, Jeremy Hellickson became the first to do so since Jack Sanford waaaayyy back in 1963. Bob Chakales did it in 1957. Can you name the fourth? A couple of hints: He was an eight-time All Star, won a Cy Young, and is in the Hall of Fame. During his four peak years from ages 25 to 28 he started 165 games – averaging 41 starts a year – winning 85 of them with a 2.60 ERA, 17 shutouts, 77 complete games, 930 strikeouts, 1.064 WHIP, and amassed 20.8 WAR.
As always, thanks to Baseball Reference and their amazing Play Index tools.