Howard Earl Averill (May 21, 1902 - August 16, 1983) holds the distinction of being the first American League player to hit a home run in his very first Major League at-bat. Averill posted a career .318 batting average, had 2,019 hits and drove in 1,164 runs. Averill’s played centerfield for the Cleveland Indians (1929-1939), Detroit Tigers (1939-1940) and the Boston Braves (1941). During his Indian days, Earl was selected for six All Star appearances from 1933-1938 and remains today among the Indians leaders in total bases, RBI, runs and triples. The Veterans Committee elected Howard Earl Averill to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.