If you’re a fan of home runs that break the bounds of our normal expectations, then you’re probably also a fan on April 14th — whether you know it or not.
Consider these four-bag feats that have graced us on April 14 over the years:
1936 — Rookie Eddie Morgan hits a home run in his first Major League at-bat for the St. Louis Cardinals, the only round-tripper of his career.
1953 –Rookie Billy Bruton hits a 10th-inning walk-off job against Gerry Staley to defeat the Cards, giving the Milwaukee Braves a victory in the first game in a their new city. The 27-year-old Bruton won’t go deep the rest of the year.
But the April 14th home runs that really, um, moved the needle came six years apart.
As he was wont to do, Kong smacked a moonshot, a blast that traveled some 530 feet down the left field line … and crashed into a nearby house.
No park could hold him! But those were the Mets, and even though those other those were the Cubs, Chicago won the game, 6-5.
Then, six years later, Randy Bush did Kingman one better.
Just 17 days before Bush made his Major League debut for the Minnesota Twins, he was with the Toledo Mudhens when they visited the Charleston Charlies.
Not a renowned power hitter, Bush nevertheless got hold of a pitch, sending it over the right field wall … and onto a moving coal train.
At roughly 200 miles, that ball traveled farther than any even the intimidating Kingman ever sent heavenward.
And, if that wasn’t enough to give Bush eternal bragging rights, consider that he won two World Series with the Twins while the Sky King made just one post-season berth — the San Francisco Giants’ four-game loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1971 NLCS.
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