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Featured here are the power hitters who were making headline news in the years 1958, 1959, & 1960.  Their names became ever so popular as they slugged the big blast. These stars brought the fans to the ballparks and the crowd cheered the home run hitting of their favorite players.

1958 Home Run Leaders
Ernie Banks, Cubs 47
Mickey Mantle, Yanks 42
Rocky Colavito, Indians 41
Roy Sievers, Senators 39
Bob Cerv, K.C. A's 38
Jackie Jensen, Red Sox 35
Frank Thomas, Pirates 35
Ed Mathews, Milw 31
Frank Robinson, Reds 31
Hank Aaron, Milw. 30
Gus Triandos, Orioles 30

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> View 1960 HR Totals

First Major League Home Run

Ross Barnes - 1876
Batting star, Ross Barnes, is credited with hitting the first home run in the Organized Major Leagues. Barnes playing for Spalding's Chicago Team (later became the Cubs), hit his historic homer in 1876 and was drilled off of Cincinnati's right-hander Bill "Cherokee" Fischer.  This was Barnes only homer of the year. Ross Barnes led the league that year with a torrid .429 batting average and helped the Chicago Team win the pennant.

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