This Date in Baseball History – August 16


Willie Mays was in the middle of a great run of form on August 16, 1966, and took a pitch the other way to lead off the third and make history at Candlestick Park by tying himself with Jimmie Foxx for the most home runs by a right-handed hitter at 534.

Mays needed little time to pass Foxx, hitting his 30th home run of the season – his last 30-homer campaign – off Ray Washburn the next day, following that up with home runs in each of the first two games in the Giants’ series with Atlanta, all part of a run where he hit eight home runs with 13 RBIs in a dozen games.  Mays finished well ahead of Foxx with 660 career home runs, still fourth-most all-time. Since Mays passed Foxx, eight other right-handers have eclipsed the longtime Philadelphia Athletic’s mark, but only one has passed Mays: Hank Aaron.

Mick Gillispie told the story of the day Mays tied the mark during the sixth inning of Tennessee’s game with the Huntsville Stars

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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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