Home Run With First Pitch Ever

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 (Kazuo 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
Home Run With First Pitch Ever

American League

A.L. Batters / Chronological Order / First At Bat

Name (Career HRs) Date / Box Team Position

Bill LeFebvre (1)

06-10-1938

Boston

P

George Vico (12)

04-20-1948

Detroit

1B

Bert Campaneris (79)

07-23-1964

Kansas City

SS

Brant Alyea (38)

09-12-1965

Washington

1B

Don Rose (1)

05-24-1972

California

P

Al Woods (35)

04-07-1977

Toronto

OF

Jay Bell (195)

09-29-1986

Cleveland

2B

Junior Felix (55)

05-04-1989

Toronto

OF

Esteban Yan (1)

06-04-2000

Tampa Bay

P

Marcus Thames (63)

06-10-2002

New York

OF

Andy Phillips (14)

09-26-2004

New York

PH-3B

Kevin Kouzmanoff (44)

09-02-2006

Cleveland

DH

Name (Career HRs) Date / Box Team Position

Home Run With First Pitch Ever
12 American League Batters

 

Home Run With First Pitch Ever

National League

N.L. Batters / Chronological Order / First At Bat

Name (Career HRs) Date / Box Team Position

Walter Mueller (2)

05-07-1922

Pittsburgh

OF

Clise Dudley (3)

04-27-1929

Brooklyn

P

Eddie Morgan (1)

04-14-1936

St. Louis

OF

Clyde Vollmer (69)

05-31-1942

Cincinnati

OF

Chuck Tanner (21)

04-12-1955

Milwaukee

OF

Jim Bullinger (4)

06-08-1992

Chicago

P

Jay Gainer (3)

05-14-1993

Colorado

1B

Chris Richard (34)

07-17-2000

St. Louis

1B

Gene Stechschulte (1)

04-17-2001

St. Louis

P

Kaz Matsui (23)

04-06-2004

New York

SS

Adam Wainwright (3)

05-24-2006

St. Louis

P

Mark Saccomanno (1)

09-08-2008

Houston

PH

Name (Career HRs) Date / Box Team Position

Home Run With First Pitch Ever
12 National League Batters



Only twenty-four instances in the history of Major League baseball and twelve are in the American League, twelve are in the National League, seven of the home runs hit with the first pitch ever were done by pitchers, and one (Kevin Kouzmanoff) was a grand slam!

On September 8, 1965, Bert Campaneris, who hit a home run in his first pitch ever seen, 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 and in 1972 he won the Manager of the Year Award.