Rookie call-up Trey Mancini proved to be a rare bright spot this week as the Orioles’ postseason ambitions became clouded.
On Wednesday, Mancini distinguished himself as the third Oriole to homer in his major league debut. What did he do for an encore? On Thursday, he became the first Oriole to homer for his first two hits as well as the first Oriole to homer in his first two starts.
Mancini’s mother was proud. Perhaps Larry Haney was, too.
In 1966, Haney became the first Oriole to homer in his major league debut. The 23-year-old catcher appeared in 20 games during the 1966 season starting with a July 27 contest against the Cleveland Indians. After grounding out in his first at-bat, Haney deposited a John O’Donoghue offering into the stands with Paul Blair aboard in the fifth inning to give the O’s a lead they wouldn’t relinquish in a 7-1 victory.
Haney had to wait quite a bit longer than Mancini for his second trot around the bases. Haney’s next home run came on Sept. 8, 1967, in his 65th career game. Overall, Haney’s long ball in ’66 was the first of a dozen career knocks during a 12-year big league career that took him to the Seattle Pilots in the 1968 expansion draft, and later to Oakland, St. Louis, and Milwaukee.
Throughout the 2016 season Roar from 34 will use Flashback Fridays to remember the 1966 Baltimore Orioles and to honor the 50th anniversary of the franchise’s first World Series title. See the previous installments in the Roar from 34 1966 Orioles archive.