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On This Date in Cardinals History: July 4, 2000

On this date 11 years ago Cardinals call-up Keith McDonald becomes only the third player in franchise history to hit a homer in his first at bat in the big leagues.

McDonald, a catcher by trade, came to the plate for the first time in the eighth inning of a 14-3 beating of the Reds and hit the shot to left centerfield off Cincinnati reliever Andy Larkin for the game's final run.

He followed up the historic blast with an even more significant homer two days later. McDonald tied a major league mark with homers in his first TWO at bats set by St. Louis Browns hitter Bob Nieman in 1951.

McDonald hit a third homer for at bats later and finished his career with a total of three hits -- all three home runs. After a .429 batting average in 9 at bats in 2000, McDonald was hitless in two at bats in 2001 to finish his career with a .333 batting average, a .455 on base percentage and a 1.333 slugging percentage.

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