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Luther Lane Stuart (May 23, 1892 – June 15, 1947) was an American professional baseball player who appeared in three games as a second baseman in 1921 for the St. Louis Browns of Major League Baseball (MLB). Stuart and Johnnie LeMaster are the only players to hit an inside-the-park home run in their first Major League Baseball at bat.[1]. It was Stuart's only hit in his three game career.[2]. Stuart also became the first player in the American League player to hit a home run in his first plate appearance.[3] .

Luke Stuart
Second baseman
Born: (1892-05-23)May 23, 1892
Alamance County, North Carolina
Died: June 15, 1947(1947-06-15) (aged 55)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 28, 1921, for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
August 9, 1921, for the St. Louis Browns
MLB statistics
Batting average.333
Home runs1
Runs batted in2



Stuart committed suicide on June 15, 1947 by slicing his wrists and then shooting himself with a pistol at a realtor's office after being in ill health.[4]

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  1. ^ "Inside The Park Home Run Records". Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  2. ^ Huber, Mike. "August 8, 1921: Browns rookie Luke Stuart hits inside-the-park home run in first major-league at-bat". Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  3. ^ Bevis, Charlie. "Luke Stuart". Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Former Baseball Scout is Found Dead in Office". The Asheville Citizen-Times. June 17, 1947. p. 5. Retrieved August 11, 2019 – via  

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