On May 8, 1966, Frank Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles becomes the first player to hit a home run completely out of Memorial Stadium. Robby’s 451-foot blast ends Luis Tiant’s scoreless innings streak at 27 and helps the O’s to an 8-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.
The disappointing Pirates continue to flounder, splitting a pair with the last-place Astros, dropping the opener thanks in large part to outsize slugging by the “Toy Cannon”, Jimmy Wynn. Four of Houston’s eight runs ride home on Wynn’s two homers, the last of which is a three-run, tape-measure coup-de-grâce which puts Houston up by 8 before Pittsburgh even shows a pulse. The culminating “Cannon Shot” passes over the batting cage to the left of the 457-foot mark on the way out, putting it in the company of historic shots by Rogers Hornsby, Josh Gibson, Ralph Kiner, Dick Stuart and Roberto Clemente. As it turns out, the Pirates do eventually compete and what looked like icing will prove to be Houston’s margin of victory as they hold on and outlast Pittsburgh, 8 – 5.
July 23, 1967
October 1, 1973
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