The captain of the 1954 Big Ten champion Michigan State baseball team had his most
active ML season as a rookie seven years later. He was 7-9 for the last-place Senators.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 3, 1963: In his 1st and only at bat as an Oriole, pitcher Les "Buster" Narum homers against Detroit's Don Mossi. Six days later, Narum is optioned to Rochester but will return to the majors next year with Washington where he'll hit two more. Narum is the first pitcher to have more homers than wins in a season, but he'll be matched on September 2nd by Ed Hobaugh, and in 1992 by Dave Eiland.
»September 2, 1963: With the Senators ahead 5–3 on 4th-inning homers by Don Zimmer and Ed Brinkman, Nats starter Ed Hobaugh hits his only career home run in the same frame off Cleveland's Jerry Walker. The Tribe knocks out Hobaugh but the Senators hold on to win, 8–7. Hobaugh's homer comes on his last official at bat: in his one more plate appearance, he draws a walk. Hobaugh joins Buster Narum this year as the first pitchers to have more homers than wins in a year. It'll be matched this century by Dave Eiland in 1992.
»April 10, 1992: San Diego's Dave Eiland becomes the 9th pitcher in history to homer in his 1st major league at bat. He connects against Bob Ojeda of the Dodgers in an 8–3 Padre win. Eiland does enter the trivia books as also he serves up a homer to the first batter he faces. Rookie pitcher Jim Bullinger will also homer on his 1st ML at bat this year. The winless Eiland will end the year on another trivia record note: he joins Buster Narum and Ed Hobaugh, both in 1963, as pitchers with more homers than wins in a year.