This Date in Baseball History – June 22

Willie Mays-2

Some players are simply more focused when the game is on the line. Willie Mays built a reputation for making big plays at big times, and there are few plays bigger than an extra-innings home run.

On June 22, 1951, Mays connected on a pitch from reliever Dutch Leonard in the top of the tenth to give the New York Giants a win over the Chicago Cubs. It was the first of 22 extra-innings home runs in Mays’ career.

Mick Gillispie told the story of Mays’ impressive overtime record alongside Smokies owner Randy Boyd during the Smokies’ contest with the Chattanooga Lookouts on Sunday afternoon.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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