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I guess they don't have the book on him yet
2008-04-13 18:30
by Bob Timmermann

Giants rookie outfielder John Bowker has homered in each of his first two major league games, the first San Francisco Giant player to do so. There could be a New York Giant player, but I can't check back to that era.

The last major leaguer to start his career with home runs in his first two games was Elijah Dukes of Tampa Bay last season on April 2 and April 5, 2007. The last NL player to do it was Keith McDonald of the Cardinals on July 4 and July 6, 2000. McDonald's homers came in his first two major league at bats.

Other notables who have pulled off this feat are Todd Helton, Sam Horn, Alvin Davis, Tim Laudner, Joe Lefebvre, Earl Averill, Ricky Jordan, Roberto Pena, Dick Stuart, and Joe Cunningham. Cunningham actually began his career in 1954 with three homers in his first two games.

The names above are not an inclusive list, but pieced together from and the Sporting News Complete Baseball Record Book.

2008-04-13 21:01:40
1.   Bob Hendley
Ah, Dr. Strangeglove is on the list. Born a decade too soon.
2008-04-14 07:21:43
2.   bobsbrother
I love it when someone, often a rookie, accomplishes something and as a way to highlight it and make this player sound great, we're told he's the first person to do it since some guy you never heard of who never amounted to anything. It just seems to prove it's a fluke thing indicative of nothing. (And no guarantee of future success.)

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