Colavito muscles 4 out of the park
JUNE 10, 1969 – Rocky Colavito hit
four home runs against the Orioles at Baltimore Memorial Stadium on this day in
baseball. He became the eighth major leaguer to jack four in a 9-inning game.
His Cleveland Indians won 11 to 4.
“Rocky Colavito,” what a name. He could have been a prize
fighter if he wasn’t a ball player. He was born
Rocco Domenico Colavito in
York City in 1933. He was signed by the Indians in
Colavito hit 374 home runs in his relatively short 13 year
major league career
puts him 60th on the all-time list. He was never a threat to the
record, but in one eleven year span Colavito averaged 33 home runs, which is
the same number career leader
Aaron averaged per season, and on par with the other career home run
Barry Bonds (2nd-34),
Babe Ruth (3rd-34),
Willie Mays (4th-30) and
Colavito bounced around the majors a bit. Besides
Cleveland, he played for the Detroit Tigers, and had short
stints with the
A’s, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodger. His best year
was 1961 with the Tigers when he hit .290 with 45 home runs and 113 RBI.
Colavito was a 6-time All-star.