1945 At the age of 17, SS Tommy Brown of the Brooklyn Dodgers is the youngest player to hit a MLB home run. Brown belts his homer off Pirates southpaw Preacher Roe into the upper Left Field section at Ebbets Field.
In an 18 – 7 loss to the Tigers, Senators 18-year-old rookie third baseman Harmon Killebrew hits his first major league home run off Billy Hoeft. “Killer” will finish his 22-year Hall of Fame career with 573 homers.
Mark McGwire becomes the first player in major league history to hit 50 home runs in three consecutive years. His home run off Willie Blair helps the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-0 win over the New York Mets. He adds No. 51 in the second game of the doubleheader at Shea Stadium.
Joe Keough of the Oakland A’s pinch hit a home run in his first major league at-bat in the eighth inning against the New York Yankees and the A’s won 4-3 in 10 innings. He would hit a total of 9 home runs over a 5 year MLB career.
Babe Herman hit three home runs, including a grand slam, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 10-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field. The eventual Hall of Famer would end the season with 16 home runs.
Lou Brock, in his brief tenure with the Chicago Cubs hits a home run into the right-center field bleachers at the Polo Grounds, 460 feet from home plate, in the 1st game of a doubleheader sweep over the Giants. He is the second player to reach those seats,…
Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants strokes a 12th-inning home run off Joe Hoerner of the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a doubleheader, his 22nd — and last — career extra-inning homer, a major-league mark.
In his first game with the New York Mets, Willie Mays hit a fifth inning home run off Don Carrithers for the difference in a 5-4 triumph over the San Francisco Giants. Willie had spent the previous 20 seasons with the Giants.