Close your eyes for a moment and imagine stepping up to the plate for the first time ever in your Major League career. The pitcher, knowing you are a rookie just brought up, delivers and you immediately get to hear the cheers (or boos) of the crowd as the announcer calls it out of here on the first pitched ball you have ever seen in a Major League ball game.
"When he ( Kaz Matsui ) hit that first ball, I wish you were in the dugout. For him to get off to that kind of start (a home run with his first pitch ever) is a fairy tale." - Manager Art Howe on MLB.com (Kevin T. Czerwinski, 04/06/2004, 'First things first: Kaz hits HR', Source )
A.L. Batters/ChronologicalOrder / First At Bat
N.L. Batters/ChronologicalOrder / First At Bat
Only thirty instances in the history of Major League baseball and fifteen are in the American League, fifteen are in the National League, eight of the home runs hit with the first pitch ever were accomplished by bigleague pitchers, and two of those eight ( Kevin Kouzmanoff & Daniel Nava ) were grand slams!
On September 8, 1965 , Bert Campaneris , who hit a home run in his first pitch ever seen on July 23, 1964 , became the first record setting American League player to field all nine positions during a single game.
Chuck Tanner , who hit a home run in his first pitch ever seen, became a much better manager, and is one of the few members of the 1,000 Wins Club - in 1972, Tanner even won the Manager of the Year Award .