Who woulda thunk it
NEW YORK CITY
NEW YORK •
JUNE 17, 1962 – The center field bleachers in the old Polo Grounds in
New York were 475 feet from home plate. Quite a poke. Up to this date – June 17, 1962 – only one major league baseball player had hit a home run into those bleachers – the Milwaukee Braves’ Joe Adcock. On this day in baseball a second ballplayer did the same, but you’d be surprised who. It was Lou Brock, a man known more for his base stealing than slugging. Brock wasn't exactly unfamiliar with the slow trot around the bases. He would finish his career with 149 home runs and over 900 runs driven in.
Brock was still playing for the Cubs on this date, but would be traded to St. Louis two years later where he'd spend the rest of his hall of fame career as a Cardinal.