Batters who hit HR in 1st MLB times at bat

Ernie Koy, Sr. is one of 114 batters who homered in his first MLB time at bat.

Ernie Koy, Sr. is one of 114 batters who homered in his first MLB time at bat.

Our reminder from friend Randy yesterday is the whole impetus behind this data column. Randy had written a reminder comment in response to yesterday’s piece about the first MLB games of 15 great HOF players to remind us that former UT star Ernie Koy, Sr. had once homered in his first 1938 MLB batting appearance for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Well, that’s a rare feat, all right. Only 114 major leaguers have done it and here’s the list of names in chronological order. The chart shows their names, their teams, the dates of their first time at bat explosions, and the number of homers they each compiled in their MLB careers (Thank you, Wikipedia, for doing all the work):

Joe Harrington Boston Beaneaters Sept 10, 1895 3
Bill Duggleby& Philadelphia Phillies April 21, 1898 6
Johnny Bates Boston Beaneaters April 12, 1906 25
Luke Stuart St. Louis Browns Aug 8, 1921 1
Walter Mueller# Pittsburgh Pirates May 7, 1922 2
Earl Averill Cleveland Indians April 16, 1929 238
Clise Dudley# Brooklyn Dodgers April 27, 1929 3
Gordon Slade Brooklyn Dodgers May 24, 1930 8
Eddie Morgan# St. Louis Cardinals April 14, 1936 1
Ace Parker Philadelphia Phillies April 30, 1937 2
Gene Hasson Philadelphia Athletics Sept 9, 1937 4
Ernie Koy Brooklyn Dodgers April 19, 1938 36
Heinie Mueller Philadelphia Phillies April 19, 1938 17
Bill LeFebvre# Boston Red Sox June 10, 1938 1
Clyde Vollmer# Cincinnati Reds May 31, 1942 69
Paul Gillespie Chicago Cubs Sept 11, 1942 6
Buddy Kerr New York Giants Sept 8, 1943 31
Hack Miller Detroit Tigers April 23, 1944 1
Whitey Lockman New York Giants July 5, 1945 114
Eddie Pellagrini Boston Red Sox April 22, 1946 20
Dan Bankhead Brooklyn Dodgers Aug 26, 1947 1
George Vico# Detroit Tigers April 20, 1948 12
Les Layton New York Giants May 21, 1948 2
Ed Sanicki Philadelphia Phillies Sept 14, 1949 3
Ted Tappe Cincinnati Reds Sept 14, 1950 5
Bob Nieman St. Louis Browns Sept 14, 1951 125
Hoyt Wilhelm New York Giants April 23, 1952 1
Wally Moon St. Louis Cardinals April 13, 1954 142
Chuck Tanner# Milwaukee Braves April 12, 1955 21
Bill White New York Giants May 7, 1956 202
Frank Ernaga Chicago Cubs May 24, 1957 2
Don Leppert Pittsburgh Pirates June 18, 1961 15
Cuno Barragan Chicago Cubs Sept 1, 1961 1
Bob Tillman Boston Red Sox May 19, 1962 79
John Kennedy Washington Senators Sept 5, 1962 32
Buster Narum Baltimore Orioles May 5, 1963 3
Gates Brown Detroit Tigers June 19, 1963 84
Bert Campaneris# Kansas City Athletics July 23, 1964 79
Bill Roman Detroit Tigers Sept 30, 1964 1
Brant Alyea# Washington Senators Sept 12, 1965 38
John Miller New York Yankees Sept 11, 1966 2
Rick Renick Minnesota Twins July 11, 1968 20
Joe Keough Oakland Athletics Aug 7, 1968 9
Gene Lamont Detroit Tigers Sept 2, 1970 4
Don Rose# California Angels May 24, 1972 1
Benny Ayala New York Mets Aug 27, 1974 38
Reggie Sanders Detroit Tigers Sept 1, 1974 3
John Montefusco San Francisco Giants Sept 3, 1974 4
José Sosa Houston Astros July 30, 1975 1
Dave McKay Minnesota Twins Aug 22, 1975 21
Alvis Woods# Toronto Blue Jays April 7, 1977 35
Dave Machemer California Angels June 21, 1978 1
Johnnie LeMaster San Francisco Giants Sept 2, 1975 22
Tim Wallach Montreal Expos Sept 6, 1980 260
Gary Gaetti Minnesota Twins Sept 20, 1981 360
Carmelo Martínez Chicago Cubs Aug 22, 1983 108
Mike Fitzgerald New York Mets Sept 13, 1983 48
Andre David Minnesota Twins June 29, 1984 1
Will Clark San Francisco Giants April 8, 1986 284
Terry Steinbach Oakland Athletics Sept 12, 1986 162
Jay Bell# Cleveland Indians Sept 29, 1986 195
Ricky Jordan Philadelphia Phillies July 17, 1988 55
Junior Félix# Toronto Blue Jays May 4, 1989 55
José Offerman Los Angeles Dodgers Aug 19, 1990 57
Dave Eiland San Diego Padres April 10, 1992 1
Jim Bullinger# Chicago Cubs June 8, 1992 4
Jay Gainer# Colorado Rockies May 14, 1993 3
Mitch Lyden Florida Marlins June 16, 1993 1
Garey Ingram Los Angeles Dodgers May 19, 1994 3
Jon Nunnally Kansas City Royals April 29, 1995 42
Jermaine Dye Atlanta Braves May 17, 1996 325
Dustin Hermanson Montreal Expos April 16, 1997 2
Brad Fullmer Montreal Expos Sept 2, 1997 114
Marlon Anderson Philadelphia Phillies Sept 8, 1998 63
Carlos Lee Chicago White Sox May 7, 1999 358
Guillermo Mota* Montreal Expos June 9, 1999 2
Esteban Yan*# Tampa Bay Devil Rays June 4, 2000 1
Alex Cabrera Arizona Diamondbacks June 26, 2000 5
Keith McDonald St. Louis Cardinals July 4, 2000 3
Chris Richard# St. Louis Cardinals July 17, 2000 34
Gene Stechschulte# St. Louis Cardinals April 17, 2001 1
Marcus Thames# New York Yankees June 10, 2002 115
Miguel Olivo* Chicago White Sox Sept 15, 2002 145
Dave Matranga Houston Astros June 27, 2003 1
Kazuo Matsui New York Mets April 6, 2004 32
Héctor Luna* St. Louis Cardinals April 8, 2004 15
Brian Dallimore& San Francisco Giants April 30, 2004 1
Greg Dobbs* Seattle Mariners Sept 8, 2004 46
Andy Phillips# New York Yankees Sept 26, 2004 14
Mike Jacobs* New York Mets Aug 21, 2005 100
Jeremy Hermida*& Florida Marlins Aug 31, 2005 65
Mike Napoli* Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim May 4, 2006 157
Adam Wainwright*# St. Louis Cardinals May 24, 2006 6
Kevin Kouzmanoff*#& Cleveland Indians Sept 2, 2006 85
Charlton Jimerson# Houston Astros Sept 4, 2006 2
Josh Fields* Chicago White Sox Sept 18, 2006 34
Elijah Dukes Tampa Bay Devil Rays April 2, 2007 31
Mark Worrell* St. Louis Cardinals June 5, 2008 1
Lou Montañez* Baltimore Orioles Aug 6, 2008 5
Mark Saccomanno# Houston Astros Sept 8, 2008 1
Jordan Schafer* Atlanta Braves April 5, 2009 11
Gerardo Parra* Arizona Diamondbacks May 13, 2009 30
John Hester* Arizona Diamondbacks Aug 28, 2009 6
Jason Heyward* Atlanta Braves April 5, 2010 66
Luke Hughes* Minnesota Twins April 28, 2010 8
Starlin Castro* Chicago Cubs May 7, 2010 33
Daniel Nava&#* Boston Red Sox June 12, 2010 19
J. P. Arencibia*# Toronto Blue Jays Aug 7, 2010 64
Brandon Guyer* Tampa Bay Rays May 6, 2011 3
Tommy Milone*# Washington Nationals Sept 3, 2011 1
Brett Pill* San Francisco Giants Sept 6, 2011 7
Yasmani Grandal* San Diego Padres June 30, 2012 9
Starling Marte*# Pittsburgh Pirates July 26, 2012 14
Eddy Rodriguez* San Diego Padres Aug 2, 2012 1
Jurickson Profar* Texas Rangers Sept 2, 2012 4

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9 Responses to “Batters who hit HR in 1st MLB times at bat”

  1. Wayne Roberts Says:

    Wasn’t Will Clark’s dinger against Nolan? I remember snarling over that one.

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      Of course, you snarled, Wayne. In fact, you joined a chorus of snarls in Houston exactly because it was, indeed, our Nolan Ryan that the whippersnapper rookie Will Clark decided to take by summer thunder in his very first time at bat in the big leagues.

  2. Cliff Blau Says:

    Apparently more than 114 batters did it, since the list omits the first two, George Tebeau and Mike Griffin, who both did it April 16, 1887, and no one knows which did it first. ESPN has a better list:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=mlb&id=8227936

    Dave Eiland, who is on the above list, also allowed a homer to the first batter he faced.

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      Cliff – Great reminder. I think we went through this loop once earlier. I simply failed to keep good notes on your earlier corrections. As your list hows, these players included two guys from the American Association, George Tebeau and Mike Griffin, plus Billy Gumpert of 1890 NL Pittsburgh club.

      I do find it interesting that this ESPN list then turns around and overlooks Luke Stuart of the 1921 St. Louis Browns.

      There may be other discrepancies, but I don’t have time to check the whole list tonight. The discovered variations alone speak for a need to seek a more universally agreed upon and accurate tab on all those who have pushed this rare career-start button of a HR on the first time at bat. (And I’d hate to guess as to how many, if any, did it on the first pitch.) I doubt the records are that precise.

  3. Skipper Steely Says:

    How many are hall of famers?

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      Skipper, the first time up homer club has not produced many players who went on from there to the HOF. I count only two on our list and only one of them, outfielder Earl Averill, made his way there as a distinctively great hitter. The other fellow, Hoyt Wilhelm, got there as a knuckle-balling reliever over 21 years in the bigs. After Wilhelm homered in his first time at bat, he never hit another HR over the course of a two-decade, plus one year, opportunity.

      • Cliff Blau Says:

        There is actually a third hall of famer there, as noted in his recent obituaries: Ace Parker.

  4. Bill McCurdy Says:

    Cliff – I wasn’t looking for NFL Professional Football Hall of Famers in my count, but, if we have to go there, then Ace Parker joins the tab as our 3rd man. When Ace died in early November, he left at the age of 101 as the oldest living football Hall of Famer. He sure didn’t do it in baseball.

    • Doug S Says:

      I believe little remembered Keith McDonald hit HR’s in his first two AB’s any others done that or even 3 or more?

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