On April 4, 1994 Tuffy Rhodes of the Chicago Cubs became the first National Leaguer to hit three home runs on Opening Day. He accomplished the task against New York Mets ace Dwight Gooden.
Rhodes only hit 10 other
home runs in his 590 career at-bats. Finishing his major league career with 13
home runs and 44 RBI.
Rhodes would enjoy a stellar career in Japanese baseball where he hit 464 home runs including tying Sadaharu Oh’s season record of 55 home runs (since broken by Wladimir Balentein in 2013 with 60). He also drove in 1269 runs.