Javier Baez has played exactly three Major League Baseball games for the Chicago Cubs–and he already has three home runs. The 21-year-old infielder was the 9th pick in the 2011 MLB draft. Baez was called up from Triple-A ball where he’d hit 23 homers in 104 games so far this season.
A Twitter user called Ace of MLB Stats reports that Javier Baez is the first player to hit three home runs in his first three MLB games in 60 years–and only the second player in history to do it. In fact it’s taken three different centuries. Charlie Reilly accomplished the feat in the 19th century when Benjamin Harrison was president. And over the whole long 20th century only Joe Cunningham got off to such a powerful start. (Pays to remember that Babe Ruth was a pitcher, at first.) Cubs fans are exhilirated.
— Ace of MLB Stats (@AceballStats) August 8, 2014