In just his 58th major league game, Pirates rookie second baseman Neil Walker recorded five hits Tuesday night against the Brewers at PNC Park. The hometown kid ripped a double and single in the Pirates nine-run first inning and added three singles throughout the game to complete the 5-for-5 performance.

The former first round pick from 2004 became the 91st player since 1920 to record five hits or more in the player’s first 58 career games. The full list can be found here thanks to Baseball Reference’s Play Index. Bob Oliver of the Royals in 1969 and Jim Fridley of Indians in 1952 are the only two players to record six hits in their first 58 games. Fridley only appeared in the majors for three seasons while Oliver actually made his debut with the Pirates before moving on to the Royals. Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson was the last player to accomplish the feat earlier this year on April 30 against the Angels.

There are some well-known notables on this list as well. Andre Ethier, Curtis Granderson, Mark Reynolds, Fred Lewis, Juan Pierre and Ryan Theriot are some of the active players, but then you have some Hall of Famers in Rod Carew, Roberto Clemente and Hank Aaron. Even the A’s GM Billy Beane shows up on the list with his 5-for-5 performance in 1986 during his brief playing career. And remember the Diamondbacks infielder Junior Spivey? How could you not with that name…he actually shows up twice on the list with two 5-hit games in a two-month span. Despite those two stellar games, Spivey still only managed to hit .258 in his rookie year of 2001. Of course, he only lasted five season in the bigs with his last year coming with the Nationals in ’05.

One trend that seems to be a key in 5-for-5 games is a lopsided or crooked final linescore. David Murphy had five hits in the Rangers 30-3 dismantling of the Orioles back in 2007. If you remember correctly that game was just game one of a doubleheader. Long day right there. Ben Francisco of the Indians did it in a 15-9 win over Texas in 2008. Fridley’s six-hit performance was a 21-9 football score in ’52.

Also, Of the 91 games on the list only 16 of those players experienced a loss in their game. Juan Encarnacion did it for the Tigers in 1998, but saw his team lose to the White Sox 17-16. Like I said, lot of bizarre high scores on this list.

Anyway, it was a great night for Walker in his young career. I love how an individual feat like Walker’s can bring so many old names up and memorable games with a little research.

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