On July 16, 1950 Arguably the most memorable of today’s record-breaking home run total comes off the bat of career bench player Ted Beard, helping his cellar-bound Bucs salvage a split with the still contending Braves. At 5 foot, 8 inches, en route to a career .285 slugging percentage (albeit in the midst of his career year, with 4 HR, 12 RBI, and an OPS of nearly .700), Beard launches one over Forbes Field’s 86-foot high right field grandstand roof, just the second time in the grandstand’s 25-year existence this feat has been accomplished, its sole predecessor being Babe Ruth’s final major league home run on May 25, 1935.

Baseball Reference July 16