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Jimmy Rollins is Second in First

Jimmy Rollins now has 42 first-inning home runs.

Jimmy Rollins is Second in First

Jimmy Rollins hit a solo home run to lead off the Phillies against the Rockies on Thursday. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Jimmy Rollins hit a solo home run to lead off the Phillies against the Rockies on Thursday. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Since 1948 (which is as far back as baseball-reference.com would let us search), only Mike Schmidt has more home runs in the first inning than Jimmy Rollins, who clubbed his 42nd opening-frame dinger Thursday night.

The 25 Phillies with the most first-inning HRs since 1948 (and we point out that Jim Thome has 13, by the way):

Mike Schmidt 83
Jimmy Rollins 42
Ryan Howard 38
Dick Allen 37
Johnny Callison    34
Bobby Abreu 33
Chase Utley 32
Von Hayes 25
Greg Luzinski 24
Juan Samuel 24
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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