On June 20, 2007, Sammy Sosa slugged his 600th home run in the Rangers’ 7-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Sosa had homered against every team except the Cubs, for whom he played much of his career. The homer came off Jason Marquis, who was wearing #21 – the number Sosa had worn for the Cubs.
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
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