Alfonso Soriano, Rickey Henderson and Top 20 Players to Lead Off A Game with a Home Run
Soriano’s lead off days are long gone, but before he understandably fell to the power slots in the batting order, he knocked 54 home runs to lead off a game (in his team’s first half inning).
Had Soriano stayed at the top of the batting order, he probably would have caught Rickey Henderson – the greatest lead-off hitter of all time. Henderson slammed 81 homers to start a baseball game, but Soriano hit his 54 in about one-quarter of the games.
Here are the top 20 players with the most lead-off home runs since 1952 (years of data available from my source, baseball-reference.com). That’s still solid data – not too many lead off batters were hitting these many home runs (especially at the top) before then.Follow @VinGetz
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