On this day…
in 1984, as soon as the umpire called, “Play ball!”, Lee Hae-chang (이해창) of the MBC Chungyong (now the LG Twins) drilled the first pitch of the game thrown by Haitai Tigers starter, *Joo Dong-sik (주동식), to the outfield bleachers. This was the first ever top of the 1st, first pitch leadoff home run in the Korea Baseball Championship. So far such home runs have been hit 25 times by 18 different players in the history of the league:
*Joo was also known as Uda Toshoku (宇田東植), and played in Nippon Professional Baseball in 1972-1982.
- Korea Baseball Organization: 2014 Official Record Book
- The Kyunghyang Shinmun (May 3, 1984): 李海昌 1회 초구 홈런