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Douglas Reagan Ault
Born: March 9, 1950 in Beaumont, Texas
Died: Dec. 22, 2004 in Tarpon Spring, Fla.
Debut: 1976 | Pos: 1B
H: 6’3″ | W: 200 | B: R | T: L

4 256 713 66 168 17 86 4 .236

>> Visit the Doug Ault biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.

Doug Ault, who hit the first home run in Blue Jays history, died on Dec. 22, 2004 in Tarpon Springs, Fla. He was 54.

A few days after the incident, the medical examiner announced that Ault had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

He played 256 games in the major leagues over parts of four seasons, hitting .236 with 17 home runs and 86 RBI in 713 career at-bats.

Ault had been selected by the Toronto Blue Jays as the 32nd pick in the 1976 expansion draft. The team had selected Ault from the Texas Rangers.

On Opening Day in 1977, Ault hit this first home run in Blue Jays History off the White Sox Ken Brett. Ault hit another home run in the game and Toronto won the game 9-5.

His most productive season came in 1977 when he hit .245 with 11 home runs and 65 RBI in 445 at-bats.

Following his career as a player, he had managed in the minor leagues and worked in the Blue Jays organization until the mid-1990s.

He had, most recently, worked for P.J. Auto World in Bellaire, Fla., according to his obituary.