Zelous Wheeler, called up from the minors by the Yankees on Thursday when slumping Yangervis Solarte was sent down, made a big splash in his major-league debut when he hit a home run in the fifth inning against the Twins’ Phil Hughes. Wheeler is the eighth player to hit a home run for the Yankees is his first major-league game and the first since Marcus Thames in 2002. The most notable player to homer for the Yankees in his big-league debut is Yogi Berra, who did so against the Philadelphia A’s in the first game of a doubleheader in the Bronx on Sept. 22, 1946.
So how many Minnesota Twins players have hit a home run in their first game?
|1||Luke Hughes||2010||Ind. Games||4||4||1||0||0||1||1|
|2||Andre David||1984||Ind. Games||4||4||1||0||0||1||2|
|3||Gary Gaetti||1981||Ind. Games||3||3||1||0||0||1||2|
|4||Kent Hrbek||1981||Ind. Games||5||5||2||0||0||1||2|
|5||Tim Laudner||1981||Ind. Games||4||3||2||0||0||1||2|
|6||Dave McKay||1975||Ind. Games||3||3||1||0||0||1||1|
|7||Eric Soderholm||1971||Ind. Games||4||2||1||0||0||1||1|
|8||Hal Haydel||1970||Ind. Games||3||3||2||1||0||1||1|
|9||Rick Renick||1968||Ind. Games||4||4||1||0||0||1||1|
How about if we look to see who has hit a home run in his first game when the opponent was the Minnesota Twins?
|1||Zelous Wheeler||2014||Ind. Games||4||4||2||0||0||1||1||NYY|
|2||Chris Richard||2000||Ind. Games||5||4||1||0||0||1||1||STL|
|3||Jay Bell||1986||Ind. Games||3||3||1||0||0||1||1||CLE|
|4||Dave Machemer||1978||Ind. Games||4||4||1||0||0||1||1||CAL|
|5||Bert Campaneris||1964||Ind. Games||5||4||3||0||0||2||3||KCA|
|6||John Kennedy||1962||Ind. Games||1||1||1||0||0||1||1||WSA|