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HR in first at-bat

Just did a little checking -- looks like 97 players have done it before.  Only one name jumped out as a great player Will Clark in '86 -- a few others had good careers.  A lot of them never did much, including a bunch for whom that was their only career HR.  The only Oriole to do it before was Buster Narum in '63.  Remember him? -- I sure don't.  He was a pitcher and only lasted in the bigs a few years.  I guess you could also include Bob Neiman for the Browns in '51 -- he was one of the better players for the poor Oriole teams of the 50s.  A few other Orioles did it for other teams.  Knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm for the Giants in '53 (remember Gus Triandos with the huge mitt catching him?) -- his only career homer.  Also Benny Ayala for the Mets in '74 who was a valuable role-player for the great Oriole teams of the 70's.

But all that aside -- congrats to Montanez on a great, great debut.  We all hope it continues!

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