Fun Facts From Monday's Braves Home Opener

Opening days are always chock full of firsts, but this opening day for the Braves was about more than just firsts.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau...

  • Derek Lowe earned his second-consecutive opening day win
  • In his first major league plate appearance, Jason Heyward hit a three-run home run, becoming the sixth player in Atlanta history and the 11th player in franchise history to hit a home run in his ML debut. He is just the sixth player in franchise history to homer in his first career plate appearance joining Bob Horner (1978), Jermaine Dye (1996), Marty Malloy (1998), Jeff Francoeur (2005) and Jordan Schafer (2009).
  • At the young age of 20, Heyward became the youngest player to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat since 1950, when CIN's Ted Tappe, then 19, belted a pinch-hit home run at Ebbets Field. The youngest player to ever accomplish the feat was Whitey Lockman of the New York Giants, whose first at-bat home run came 20 days before his 19th birthday in 1945.
  • Atlanta posted two six-run innings (first and seventh), becoming the first team in major league history to open a season at home scoring at least six runs in a pair of innings. The feat was accomplished by two teams in season-opening road games; the Chicago White Sox against the Browns in St. Louis in 1951 and the Milwaukee Brewers at Toronto in 1982.
  • Atlanta's run total of 16 is the most runs scored by an Atlanta opening day club since scoring 12 in a win against the San Francisco Giants on April 26, 1995. The 16 runs scored is also the most runs by an opening day Braves' club since April 4, 1900 when the team scored 17 in a losing effort vs. Philadelphia.
  • Brian McCann's solo home run in the second inning was his second in two years and his third in five career opening day starts. McCann is one of seven players to connect on a long ball on opening day in 2009-10.
  • Monday's 53,081 attendance mark was the fourth largest crowd in Atlanta regular-season history, the third largest in Turner Field history and the largest ever for a day game in Atlanta.

Pretty cool.

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