Rest in Peace

Rest in PeaceDoug Ault was 54. He hit .245 with 11 homers and 64 RBIs during the Toronto Blue Jays' inaugural season but he's best known for hitting two home runs in a 9-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on opening day.

As a big fan of baseball trivia and Blue Jays trivia in particular, I grew up well aware of the legend of Doug Ault. On that snowy April 7th day in 1977 when Major League Baseball debuted in Toronto, Ault became an instant fan favourite by going deep twice. A common trivia question between my brothers and I was "Who hit the first home run in Blue Jays history?" The answer, of course, is Doug Ault who warmed up 44,649 freezing fans back in '77.

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maria fordham

I was a friend of Doug Ault from Kingston, Ontario. I just found out about Doug from another friend and am both shocked and deeply saddened by his death. Most people know about his career, I knew very little as I was too young, however I knew Doug the human!!! Doug was a good man with an honest heart and a lot of love. He helped people and never asked for anything in return. He always had time to help a friend, too bad we weren't so good to him!!! If we had given him the time he gave us maybe he'd still be here.

December 29, 2006 @ 6:01 PM

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