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Best Opening Day Player and Stats
The following player had one of the best opening day performances in baseball history. What great opening day stats, memories, and the start to a new season. One of the best opening days in baseball history.

Billy Williams - Chicago Cubs

On Opening Day 1971, in the bottom of the 10th inning, Billy hit a towering home run into the Wrigley Field bleachers off of Hall of Famer Bob Gibson giving the Cubs the victory.

Two other Hall of Famers also played in this Opening Day Game; Cub shortstop Ernie Banks and Cub pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, who got the victory. Gibson and Jenkins pitched the entire game, all 13 innings.

 St. Louis Cardinals   0  0  0     0  0  0     1  0  0     0  1 3 0
 Chicago Cubs   0  0  0     1  0  0     0  0  0     1  2 7 0
Winning Pitcher Fergie Jenkins
Losing Pitcher Bob Gibson
Save (none)
Day/Night Day Game
Attendance 39,079
Time 1:58

St. Louis Cardinals
Starting Lineup:

Matty Alou (CF)
Ted Sizemore (SS)
Lou Brock (LF)
Joe Torre (3B)
Jose Cardenal (RF)
Joe Hague (1B)
Ted Simmons (C)
Julian Javier (2B)
Bob Gibson (P)

Manager: Red Schoendienst
Chicago Cubs
Starting Lineup:

Don Kessinger (SS)
Glenn Beckert (2B)
Billy Williams (LF)
Ron Santo (3B)
Joe Pepitone (1B)
Johnny Callison (RF)
Jose Ortiz (CF)
Ken Rudolph (C)
Fergie Jenkins (P)

Manager: Leo Durocher

The previous season, Williams had a great year in 1970, leading the league in runs scored... 137.... hits ... 205, was second to Bench in homers with 42 and 129 RBI's; ended second in Most Valuable Player Voting to Johnny Bench.

Williams had many game winning hits in his long career with the Chicago Cubs, and was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.


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