From 1903 through 1955, the Phillies and Philadelphia A's played pre-season exhibition games called the City Series. Managers in 1943 were Bucky Harris (Phillies) and Connie Mack. Bob Warrington photo.
34-year-old Gene Mauch replaces manager Eddie Sawyer, who resigned after 9-4 opening day loss in Cincinnati two days earlier.
Roy Halladay earns his 200th career win, 2-1, over the Marlins in Miami.
Mike Schmidt plays in his 1,795th game to break the club record held by Richie Ashburn.
Four-run eighth inning lifts the Phillies to a 6-4 win over the Reds, their first victory in Citizens Bank Park. LHP Rheal Cormier is the winner; save for Billy Wagner. Homers by 3B David Bell and C Mike Lieberthal.
2B Connie Ryan goes 6-for-6 (four singles, two doubles) in 14-12 loss in Pittsburgh.
Dave Philley gets major-league record ninth straight hit as a pinch-hitter (eight in 1958) as Phillies drop 7-3 decision in Milwaukee.
Oh, no: Burt Hotton of the Cubs pitches a no-hitter against the Phillies in Wrigley Field in 1972 and six years later, Bob Forsch of the Cardinals no-hits the Phillies in St. Louis.
Phillies and Dodgers tie, 5-5, in 14 innings in Brooklyn, the longest NL opener. Game took 2 hours, 50 minutes. Phillies RF that day was Cliff Lee.
3B Mike Schmidt ties major league record by hitting four consecutive home runs in defeating the Cubs in Wrigley Field, 18-16, in 10 innings. The Phillies rallied from trailing 12-1 and 13-2, tying the NL record for the biggest comeback. Schmidt's homers came in the 5th, 7th, 8th and 10th innings (game winner).
LF Greg Luzinski becomes the first visiting player to hit a home run into the upper deck in Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium.
3B Mike Schmidt homers at 4:53 p.m. on a 3-0 pitch from Don Robinson in Pittsburgh to become the 14th player in baseball history to reach 500 home runs. Dramatic three-run, game-winning homer in the ninth beats the Pirates, 8-6.
Phillies win in Boston, 19-17, in 10 innings, the highest scoring opener in NL history. Boston scored nine in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
Phillies win a doubleheader beating Boston, 2-1, in 11 innings and 1-0 at Braves Field. It is the only time the Phillies started the season with a twinbill.
3B Mike Schmidt's first-inning double in Pittsburgh off Mike Dunne breaks Richie Ashburn's club record for career hits (2,217).