On October 1, 1961, Willie Mays hits his 40th home run when he goes deep off Lew Burdette in the Giants’ 8-2 victory over Milwaukee in the opener of a twin bill at County Stadium. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ is the eighth player to reach the mark this season, a major league first, joining Roger Maris (61), Mickey Mantle (54), Harmon Killebrew (46), Orlando Cepeda (46), Jim Gentile (46), Rocky Colavito (45), and Norm Cash (41) in accomplishing the feat.
April 25, 1958
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Kaz Matsui hits an inside-the-park round tripper, making it the third successive season in which the Mets second baseman has hit a home run in his initial plate appearance of the year.
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