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Dodgers vs. Giants opening day history

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Thursday will mark the 32nd time since joining the National League in 1890 that the Dodgers and Giants will open their season against each other.

The Dodgers lead the all-time series 16-15. Their first opening day meeting was April 18, 1895 at the Polo Grounds in New York, with Brooklyn winning the road game 7-4.

When the two teams were in New York the Dodgers were 11-9 in opening day games against the Giants. Brooklyn was just 2-5 at home on opening day against the Giants, including losses in their first five such contests — twice at Washington Park and three games at Ebbets Field.

The two teams’ first game out west was at Seals Stadium in San Francisco, an 8-0 Giants win.

Since moving to California the Giants have won six of 11 opening day contests, though the Dodgers have won the last three (2008, 2011 and 2013). In eight meetings at Dodger Stadium the Dodgers are 5-3.

One game not included here is when Kevin Elster claimed AT&T Park as his own, hitting three home runs on April 11, 2000 in the inaugural game in that stadium. But that came in the second week of the season, not opening day, after both the Dodgers and Giants began their seasons on the road.

Dodgers & Giants on opening day

Date Location Result
Date Location Result
Apr 18, 1895 Polo Grounds Dodgers, 7-4
Apr 19, 1900 Polo Grounds Dodgers, 3-2
Apr 17, 1903 Polo Grounds Dodgers, 9-7
Apr 14, 1904 Washington Park Giants, 7-1
Apr 15, 1909 Polo Grounds Dodgers, 3-0
Apr 11, 1912 Washington Park Giants, 18-3
Apr 14, 1915 Polo Grounds Giants, 16-3
Apr 16, 1918 Polo Grounds Giants, 6-4
Apr 12, 1922 Polo Grounds Dodgers, 4-3
Apr 15, 1924 Polo Grounds Dodgers, 3-2
Apr 13, 1926 Polo Grounds Dodgers, 3-0
Apr 14, 1936 Polo Grounds Giants, 8-5
Apr 20, 1937 Ebbets Field Giants, 4-3
Apr 18, 1939 Ebbets Field Giants, 7-3
Apr 15, 1941 Ebbets Field Giants, 4-6
Apr 14, 1942 Polo Grounds Dodgers, 7-5
Apr 22, 1943 Ebbets Field Dodgers, 5-2
Apr 20, 1948 Polo Grounds Dodgers, 7-6
Apr 19, 1949 Ebbets Field Dodgers, 10-3
Apr 13, 1954 Polo Grounds Giants, 4-3
Apr 15, 1958 Seals Stadium Giants, 8-0
Apr 9, 1976 Candlestick Park Giants, 4-2
Apr 7, 1977 Dodger Stadium Dodgers, 5-1
Apr 6, 1982 Dodger Stadium Dodgers, 4-3
Apr 4, 1988 Dodger Stadium Giants, 5-1
Apr 6, 1992 Dodger Stadium Giants, 8-1
Apr 2, 2002 Dodger Stadium Giants, 9-2
Apr 5, 2005 AT&T Park Giants, 4-2
Mar 31, 2008 Dodger Stadium Dodgers, 5-0
Mar 31, 2011 Dodger Stadium Dodgers, 2-1
Apr 1, 2013 Dodger Stadium Dodgers, 4-0
Source: Baseball-Reference