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Downtown in St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

What a Beginning!

July 6, 2000

 

— Greatest Moments —

 
What a Beginning! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, June 21, 2020
1. What a Beginning! Marker
Inscription.  Keith McDonald became the first player in National League history and only the second in Major League Baseball history to homer in his first two career at-bats.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. In addition, it is included in the Missouri, St. Louis Cardinals Greatest Moments ⚾️ series list.
 
Location. 38° 37.297′ N, 90° 11.508′ W. Marker is in Downtown in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on South Broadway south of Spruce Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 Clark Avenue, Saint Louis MO 63102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "For America" (here, next to this marker); 500 Home Runs (here, next to this marker); Double Grand Slam (here, next to this marker); Presidential First Pitch (here, next to this marker); 70 for McGwire (here, next to this marker); Dramatic Flair (here, next to this marker); McGwire Tops Maris (a few steps from this marker); NL Pennant (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
 
Regarding What a Beginning!.
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Bob Nieman was the first to hit two home runs in his first MLB at-bats. He played for the St. Louis Browns (American League team) in 1951 at that time.
 
Also see . . .
1. Keith McDonald belts a homer in his first MLB at-bat (video). From MLB's YouTube channel. After playing in the Minors since 1994, Keith McDonald hits a home run in his first Major League at-bat. (Submitted on June 23, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 

2. Keith McDonald on Wikipedia. In addition to the achievements mentioned on the marker, he is also the only player in MLB history to not score any other hits besides home runs (he had a total of three in his career in the majors). (Submitted on June 23, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
Additional keywords. St. Louis Cardinals
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 38 times this year. Last updated on June 23, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. Photo   1. submitted on June 23, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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