Long before Hamilton, Goldsboro slugger George Altman created some MLB history
News Observer - almost 5 years
Goldsboro’s George Altman never hit four home runs in a Major League Baseball game, a feat accomplished by Raleigh’s Josh Hamilton on May 8 for the Texas Rangers.
But the left-handed hitting Altman, in 1961, pulled off one of the more remarkable achievements in MLB history when he became the first player to hit two homers in one game off Los Angeles Dodger immortal Sandy Koufax, one of the most overpowering lefties ever.
A 28-year-old outfielder for the Chicago Cubs at the time, Altman had the two homers and a single in four at-bats on Aug. 4, 1961. The game was played in Dodger Stadium, which was (still is) one of the most difficult hitting parks in the big leagues.
The Cubs (44-58) won the game, 4-2, leaving the Dodgers 63-40 and Koufax 13-7.
Koufax, in 12 seasons, surrendered only 204 homers in 2,324 innings, and 49 of those were hit by right-handed sluggers Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Ernie Banks, Orlando Cepeda and Felipe Alou.
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