Doug Ault (March 9, 1950 - December 22, 2004) was a Major League Baseball first baseman/designated hitter who played for the Texas Rangers (1976) and Toronto Blue Jays (1977-78, 1980). He batted right handed and threw left handed.
Ault became the first Blue Jays player to hit a home run in team history, and with his 64 RBI in 1977, set a club rookie record that endured for a quarter-century, until Eric Hinske drove in 84 runs in 2002.
In a four-year career, Ault was a .236 hitter with 17 home runs and 86 RBI in 256 games.
A native of Beaumont, Texas, Ault was a varsity baseball star at Texas Tech University. He was signed by the Rangers in 1976 as an amateur free agent and played nine games in his first season.
Ault joined the new Blue Jays franchise through the 1976 expansion draft. On April 7, 1977, in front of 44,649 Opening Day spectators at Exhibition Stadium, Ault delivered the Toronto's first homer with a first-inning blow off Chicago White Sox left-handed Ken Brett. Ault homered again in the third inning, this time was a two-run shot that tied the score at 4-4 in a game the Blue Jays went on to win, 9-5.
At the time, Ault's feat tied a major league record for the most home runs in an Opening Day game. Since then, George Bell (also a Blue Jay) hit three homers on 1988 opening day, and Cub Tuffy Rhodes matched the feat in 1994.
After retiring, Ault served as a manager in the Blue Jays organization for the Class-A teams Dunedin, Kinston and St. Catharines. He also managed the Triple-A Syracuse SkyChiefs.
Ault died at his home in Tarpon Springs, Florida of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His home was few miles from the Blue Jays' spring training complex in Dunedin. He was only 54 years old.
Both Doug Ault and Mack Jones of the Montreal Expos are the only two people to hit the first home runs of their franchise history outside the United States. Sadly both of them died in 2004.