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    I don't have the answer to this. Does anyone know how many players with only one career home run hit their sole dinger against a future Hall of Fame pitcher?

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    Look at this webpage:

    http://highheatstats.blogspot.com/20...hr-off-of.html
    pb::

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    • #3
      That's a pretty cool page...I feel like I must have heard before that Joe Niekro's only HR was off his brother Phil, but had forgotten it and it really tickles me. Closer Lee Smith's only HR was also hit off Phil.
      Didn't know that Fred Sanford hit a HR off Bob Lemon before opening his junk store in Watts... ;^)
      Saw Willard Brown's name in there with a HR off Newhouser...I read that he didn't bring his bats with him when he went from the Negro Leagues to the majors and then couldn't get any of his teammates to let him use their bats. One of the Browns broke a knob off one of his bats and threw it away, but it happened to be similar to Brown's bats and Willard fished it out of the garbage. After Willard hit his HR with that bat, its former owner retrieved it and smashed it on the ground rather than have a black player keep using it.
      "If I drink whiskey, I'll never get worms!" - Hack Wilson

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      • #4
        duane kuiper off steve stone

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        • #5
          Originally posted by statman View Post
          duane kuiper off steve stone
          I don't like Stone's chances of making the HOF!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ipitch View Post
            I don't like Stone's chances of making the HOF!
            Maybe as an announcer?

            Yeah, you're right.
            "If I drink whiskey, I'll never get worms!" - Hack Wilson

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            • #7
              Great reference. Thanks!

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              • #8
                So the only Hall of Famer to only hit one home run and have that be off of a HoFer is the Brownie's Willard Brown off of Hal Newhouser....

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                • #9
                  So Joe Niekro's only career homerun was off of Phil? pretty cool

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                  • #10
                    Not exactly what OP is looking for but one of Sandy Koufax's 2 career homers came off of Warren Spahn, and I believe Sandy won that duel 1-0 with his home run providing the only offense in the game.
                    My top 10 players:

                    1. Babe Ruth
                    2. Barry Bonds
                    3. Ty Cobb
                    4. Ted Williams
                    5. Willie Mays
                    6. Alex Rodriguez
                    7. Hank Aaron
                    8. Honus Wagner
                    9. Lou Gehrig
                    10. Mickey Mantle

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                    • #11
                      The real story is Willard Brown did not bring bats with him when he left the KC Monarchs for the Browns. He was told the Browns would supply him with bats and for some reason after he got here the bats did not materialize. (Lots of things that cost money failed to materialize with the Browns in those days.) Brown liked very heavy bats (48 ounces or so). Jeff Heath, who battled Ted Williams for the HR lead in the AL for a fair part of the 1947 season also liked to use heavy bats. Heath discarded one of his bats that the knob was broken off of and Brown reclaimed it from the trash heap and taped the knob back on it. Willard Brown used the bat when he hit his lone AL homerun while with the Browns, (which was an inside the parker btw) off Hal Newhouser at Sportsman's Park. When Brown returned to the dugout, Heath was disgusted that "his" bat had been used and he took the bat and smashed it against the wall in the dugout. Heath was a bit off a head case who believed bats only had a certain number of homeruns in them and that Brown had "wasted" one of Heath's homeruns. Because of this and other erratic behavior*, the Browns got rid of Heath after the 1947 season.

                      Though it might have boosted team morale, from a purely statistical point of view it was a bad deal for the Browns. The Browns lost their leader for slugging and RBIs, and the club home run leadership declined from Heath's 27 home runs in 1947 to 14 by Les Moss in 1948. It was an especially hot summer at Sportsman's Park in 1948 without Heath there to stir the wind a little bit! Meanwhile, Heath was leading the Boston Braves to the championship. The only upside to the deal was that after pocketing Lou Perrini's Boston cash, the Browns had enough money to buy bats in 1948. But by then, Brown was long gone.

                      I apologize if this messes too much with the racial angle. Believe me, every uniform number for every replica jersey in my house is 42.

                      * including a story that Heath hit the showers too early on the last day of the season (Dizzy Dean's comeback game).

                      Originally posted by Dude Paskert View Post
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                      Saw Willard Brown's name in there with a HR off Newhouser...I read that he didn't bring his bats with him when he went from the Negro Leagues to the majors and then couldn't get any of his teammates to let him use their bats. One of the Browns broke a knob off one of his bats and threw it away, but it happened to be similar to Brown's bats and Willard fished it out of the garbage. After Willard hit his HR with that bat, its former owner retrieved it and smashed it on the ground rather than have a black player keep using it.
                      Last edited by Brownieand45sfan; 05-15-2012, 06:05 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
                        I don't have the answer to this. Does anyone know how many players with only one career home run hit their sole dinger against a future Hall of Fame pitcher?
                        great info in this thread, but wondering if anyone has had 2 (or more) career homeruns with them all against HOFers

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