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Bob Nieman's Record-Setting Home Run Baseball

Bob Nieman will forever hold a place in the record books as the first and, until 2000, only player in the history of baseball to hit a homer in his first two professional at-bats. He accomplished this astonishing feat while at Fenway over 55 years ago. This ball, hit off of Mickey McDermott, is the actual second home run ball that he hit. Once part of his personal collection, this Official American League baseball was inscribed by Nieman in black ballpoint, “Record Setting Ball. Home Runs First Two At Bats. This Is The Second.” On the opposite panel, the ball reads, “2nd HR. 1st Game. September 14, 1951. Off Mickey McDermott.”