Not my memory, but my Dad's, and it also involves Dick Allen while he was still known as "Richie." Phils were playing the Mets were playing at Shea Stadium, might have been 1966. Score is tied at zero, top of the 7th, and either Jack Fisher or Dennis Ribant is on the mound for the Mets. Whoever it is is pitching a terrific ballgame...they've allowed fewer than five hits. But whoever it is has also been walking a batter here and there and there's one on via a walk when Allen comes to the plate. Count is 1-1 and he hits this monster line drive, just a frozen rope to deep centerfield, and it must be still going. My Dad said it was out of there so fast that nobody had any time to react. Well, the Mets put one on the board the next inning (think it was the bottom of the 8th when they scored), but they couldn't score again. Phils win, 2-1, on Dick Allen's unbelievable line drive homerun. My Dad said that of any non-fly ball homer, this was about the hardest hit BY FAR.
"They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!"
-Eppa Rixey, upon learning of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Motafy (MO-ta-fy) vt. -fied, -fying 1. For a pitcher to melt down in a big game situation; to become like Guillermo Mota. 2. The transformation of a good pitcher into one of Guillermo Mota's caliber.