When I heard last night that Josh Hamilton had hit four home runs in Baltimore, the Cleveland Indians genetic coding in my brain lit up. It was in Baltimore back on June 10, 1959, when Rocky Colavito knocked out four homers against the Orioles at old Memorial Stadium.
Hamilton homered twice, doubled, then homered twice more as the Texas Rangers pounded the Orioles 10-3. Colavito hit his four homers in successive at bats, and the Baltimore Sun has a wonderful account of it on the Orioles Insider blog.
I was a toddler when Rocky had his big night and likely was sound asleep when he circled the bases for the fourth time. Yet it was one of the earliest stories about Indians’ history I can recall related to me by my father.
Hamilton and Colavito are among just 16 major leaguers to hit four homers in a single game. That’s rarer than pitching a perfect game — an outstanding accomplishment.