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Douglas Reagan Ault (March 9, 1950 – December 22, 2004) was a Major League Baseball first baseman/designated hitter who played for the Texas Rangers (1976) and Toronto Blue Jays (1977-1978, 1980). He batted right-handed and threw left-handed.
Ault joined the new Blue Jays franchise through the 1976 expansion draft. On April 7, 1977, in front of 44,649 Opening Day spectators at Exhibition Stadium, Ault delivered Toronto's first homer with a first-inning blow off Chicago White Sox left-hander Ken Brett. Ault homered again in the third inning, this time was a two-run shot that tied the score at 4-4 in a game the Blue Jays went on to win, 9-5.
At the time, Ault's feat tied a major league record for the most home runs in an Opening Day game. Since then, George Bell (also a Blue Jay) hit three homers on 1988 opening day, Tuffy Rhodes matched the feat in 1994, and Dmitri Young matched the feat in 2005.
In a four-year career, Ault was a .236 hitter with 17 home runs and 86 RBI in 256 games.
- Boxscore and play-by-play of the opening day game on April 7, 1977, at Retrosheet
- ↑ Retrosheet Boxscore: Toronto Blue Jays 9, Chicago White Sox 5. Retrosheet. Retrieved on September 15, 2008.