Home Run in First At-Bat

Major League Baseball Players Who Homered in Their First At-Bat

Being a Major League baseball player is hard, and nothing might be harder than that very first at bat. Coming up to the plate against your first Major League pitcher, you hear the cheers at home or the boos on the road, but most of all you just hear the word in your head: "make it worth it." How many players have come up to bat their first time only to head back to the dugout with a lifetime .000 average? Countless. How many have gone to the plate with doubt in their minds, only to return there four bases later with a perfect career average?

Fifty-two American League players have homered in their first at-bat. Seventy National League players have homered in their first at-bat. Two from the American Association.

Hall of Fame slugger Hank Aaron didn't do it, but Hall of Fame Pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm did. Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Barry Bonds, arguably the game's greatest sluggers didn't either, but virtual unknowns Ace Parker, Dan Bankhead, and Cuno Barragan did. How does someone hit a home run in his first major league at bat? Is it talent? Poise? Or just beginner's luck? Whatever it is, these men had it.

Consider the numbers: Twenty-nine of these players didn't even have to wait until the second pitch; they hit their dingers on the first major league pitch they ever saw. Twenty-two did not hit another major league home run. Only four men hit their home runs with the bases loaded -- Bill Duggleby on April 21, 1898; Jeremy Hermida, one-hundred seven years later, on August 31, 2005; Kevin Kouzmanoff on September 2, 2006; and, finally, Daniel Nava on June 12, 2010. Four of these players made their major league debut with one team and had to wait to have their first at-bat when they played for a different team.

These 120 Major League Baseball players stepped up and made themselves memorable (beyond just becoming a big leaguer). Baseball Almanac is pleased to present these fabulous first at-bat home run swatters.

"Power is fine as long as it's consistent." - Whitey Lockman (who hit a home run during his first career at-bat with the New York Giants on July 5, 1945) in the Christian Science Monitor (03/13/1974, Page 17)
Home Run in First At-Bat

American League

A.L. Batters / Chronological Order / First Pitch

AL #
ML #
Nam e (Career HRs)
American League Team
Date | Box Score
Age
Inning
RoB
1.
4.

Luke Stuart (1 †)

St. Louis

29.077
9
1
2.
7.

Cleveland

26.330
1
0
3.
10.

Philadelphia

24.348
9
1
4.
11.

Philadelphia

22.051
1
2
5.
14.

Boston

22.211
8
0
6.
18.

Detroit

31.070
8
2
7.
20.

Boston

28.040
7
0
8.
22.

Detroit

24.255
3
0
9.
26.

St. Louis

24.231
2
0
10.
34.

Boston

25.056
4
0
11.
35.

Washington

21.099
6
0
12.
36.

Baltimore

24.149
4
1
13.
37.

Detroit

24.048
5
0
14.
38.

Kansas City

22.136
1
0
15.
39.

Detroit

25.355
7
0
16.
40.

Washington

24.278
6
2
17.
41.

New York

22.181
2
1
18.
42.

Minnesota

24.117
2
0
19.
43.

Oakland

22.213
8
0
20.
44.

Detroit

23.251
3
0
21.
45.

California

25.066
3
0
22.
47.

Detroit

24.357
2
0
23.
50.

Minnesota

25.161
3
0
24.
52.

Al Woods (35)

Toronto

23.242
5
1
25.
53.

California

27.028
1
0
26.
55.

Minnesota

23.032
2
1
27.
58.

Minnesota

26.042
2
1
28.
60.

Oakland

24.194
7
0
29.
61.

Jay Bell (195)

Cleveland

20.292
3
0
30.
63.

Toronto

21.213
3
0
31.
70.

Kansas City

23.171
1
0
32.
75.

Chicago

22.321
2
0
33.
77.

Tampa Bay

24.348
2
0
34.
82.

New York

25.096
3
1
35.
83.

Chicago

24.062
3
2
36.
87.

Seattle

26.068
9
0
37.
88.

New York

27.173
8
1
38.
91.

Mike Napoli (Active)

Los Angeles

24.185
3
0
39.
93.

Cleveland

25.039
1
3
40.
95.

Chicago

23.278
9
0
41.
96.

Tampa Bay

22.280
5
0
42.
98.
Baltimore
26.235
3
0
43.
104.
Minnesota
25.269
3
0
44.
106.
Daniel Nava (Active)
Boston
27.110
2
3
45.
107.
J.P. Arencibia (Active)
Toronto
24.214
2
1
46.
108.
Brandon Guyer (Active)
Tampa Bay
25.098
2
1
47.
113.
Texas
19.195
3
0
48.
115.
Minnesota
23.220
3
0
49.
116.
Daniel Norris (Active)

Detroit

22.116
2
1
50.
118.
Tyler Austin (Active)
New York
24.342
2
0
51.
119.
Aaron Judge (Active)
New York
24.109
2
0
52.
122.
Zack Collins (Active)
Chicago
06-21-2019
29.135
2
2
53.
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AL #
ML #
Nam e (Career HRs)
American League Team
Date | Box Score
Age
Inning
RoB
HR in 1st At-Bat | 52 A.L. Batters | Bold = First Pitch | † = Inside the Park HR | RoB = Runners on Base
Home Run in First At-Bat

National League

N.L. Batters / Chronological Order / First Pitch

NL #
ML #
Nam e (Career HRs)
National League Team
Date | Box Score
Age
Inning
RoB
1 .
1 .
Boston
09-10-1895
25.263
2
0
2.
2.
Philadelphia
04-21-1898
24.005
2
3
3.
3.
Boston
04-12-1906
23.234
2
0
4.
5.
Pittsburgh
27.152
1
2
5.
6.
Brooklyn
25.262
3
0
6.
8.
Brooklyn
25.227
3
0
7.
9.
St. Louis
21.147
7
1
8.
12.
Brooklyn
28.214
1
0
9.
13.
Philadelphia
25.273
1
0
10.
15.
Cincinnati
20.249
3
0
11.
16.
Chicago
21.358
2
0
12.
17.
New York
20.306
1
0
13.
19.
New York
18.345
1
1
14.
21.
Brooklyn
27.115
2
1
15.
23.
New York
26.185
9
0
16.
24.
Philadelphia
26.069
9
2
17.
25.
Cincinnati
29.224
8
0
18.
27.
New York
29.272
4
0
19.
28.
St. Louis
24.010
1
0
20.
29.
Milwaukee
26.282
8
0
21.
30.
New York
22.100
2
0
22.
31.
Chicago
26.275
2
0
23.
32.
Pittsburgh
29.242
2
0
24.
33.
Chicago
29.073
2
0
25.
46.
New York
23.201
2
0
26.
48.
San Francisco
24.101
3
1
27.
49.
Houston
22.214
8
2
28.
51.
San Francisco
21.075
4
1
29.
54.
Montreal
22.358
8
0
30.
56.
Chicago
23.025
5
0
31.
57.
New York
23.062
2
0
32.
59.
San Francisco
22.026
1
0
33.
62.
Philadelphia
23.052
4
2
34.
64.
Los Angeles
21.284
1
0
35.
65.
San Diego
25.280
2
1
36.
66.
Chicago
26.292
6
0
37.
67.
Colorado
26.218
2
0
38.
68.
Florida
28.184
2
0
39.
69.
Los Angeles
23.298
8
0
40.
71.
Atlanta
22.110
5
0
41.
72.
Montreal
24.116
5
0
42.
73.
Montreal
22.228
4
1
43.
74.
Philadelphia
24.245
7
1
44.
76.
Montreal
25.319
8
2
45.
78.
Arizona
28.185
8
1
46.
79.
St. Louis
27.147
8
0
47.
80.
St. Louis
26.040
2
0
48.
81.
St. Louis
27.248
6
1
49.
84.
Houston
26.170
5
0
50.
85.
New York
28.166
1
0
51.
86.
St. Louis
24.067
3
0
52.
89.
New York
24.295
5
2
53.
90.
Florida
21.213
7
3
54.
92.
St. Louis
24.267
5
0
55.
94.
Houston
26.347
6
0
56.
97.
St. Louis
25.089
6
2
57.
99.
Houston
28.131
5
0
58.
100.
Atlanta
22.213
2
0
59.
101.
Gerardo Parra (Active)
Arizona
22.007
1
0
60.
102.
Arizona
25.348
6
1
61.
103.
Jason Heyward (Active)
Atlanta
20.239
1
2
62.
105.
Starlin Castro (Active)
Chicago
20.044
2
2
63.
109.
Tommy Milone (Active)
Washington
24.199
2
2
64.
110.
San Francisco
26.362
2
1
65.
111.
Starling Marte (Active)
Pittsburgh
23.291
1
0
66.
112.
San Diego
26.245
3
0
67.
114.
Jorge Soler (Active)
Chicago
22.183
2
0
68.
117.
Chicago
24.037
6
1
69.
120.
Paul DeJong (Active)
St. Louis
23.299
9
0
70.
121.
Lane Thomas (Active)
St. Louis
04-19-2019
23.239
6
1
71.
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NL #
ML #
Nam e (Career HRs)
National League Team
Date | Box Score
Age
Inning
RoB
HR in 1st At-Bat | 70 N.L. Batters | Bold = First Pitch | † = Inside the Park HR | RoB = Runners on Base



Hoyt Wilhelm , a future National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, hit a home run during his first at-bat and then had a twenty-one year career without hitting one more long ball. Too easy? Did you know that both Ernie Koy ( Brooklyn Dodgers ) and Heinie Mueller ( Philadelphia Phillies ) hit their home runs on the same exact date in the same game in the same inning (top and bottom of the first inning respectively), and it just happened to be on Opening Day ?

The chart above covers every instance where a National League or American League player hit a home run in their first at-bat; however, two players from the American Association (a defunct Major League) are part of the "club" as well: Mike Griffin (Age = 22.027 / Team = Baltimore Orioles) and George Tebeau (Age = 25.111 / Team = Cincinnati Red Stockings), each hit a home run in their first at-bat on the same exact date, April 16, 1887!

On April 21, 1898, Bill Duggleby became the first player on this page whose home run was a grand slam. On June 25, 1968 , Bobby Bonds hit a grand slam during his first Major League game (like Duggleby ), but it was during his third at-bat. On August 31, 2005 , Duggleby'a feat was finally (107 years later) matched by Florida Marlins prospect Jeremy Hermida . On September 2, 2006 , Kevin Kouzmanoff of the Cleveland Indians took it one step further when he became the first player ever whose first home run was a grand slam which was hit with the first major league pitch he ever saw. On June 12, 2010 , Daniel Nava of the Boston Red Sox did it with the first pitch he ever saw as well, and it happened during an Interleague game!
Bob Nieman , who hit a home run in his first at-bat on September 14, 1951 , and Keith McDonald , who hit a home run in his first at-bat on July 4, 2000 , are the only two players in Major League history to hit another home run during their second consecutive at-bat Nieman did it during the same game & McDonald did it during his next game played on July 6, 2000 .
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