In our Homer History series, writers re-tell the stories of memorable home runs from their perspective. In this installment, Yahoo Fantasy Sports writer Andy Behrens describes Dave Kingman's monstrous home run on a wild afternoon at Wrigley Field.
Dave Kingman was, without question, a one-tool player throughout his 16-year major league career. Kong didn't hit for average, he didn't run, he didn't competently field any position, and his on-base skills were poor. But when his violent right-handed uppercut swing connected with a baseball ... well, that baseball usually died.
Just look at this bomb, the third and final home run hit by Kingman in a loss to the Phillies on May 17, 1979 — an absurd game that produced 50 hits, 45 runs and 10 long balls. (Naturally, the Cubs dropped a game in which they scored 22 runs.Kingman, for all his faults, possessed terrifying, weapons-grade power. Read More »from Homer History: Dave Kingman nearly hits one out of Chicago