If you like home runs, you should have seen me play. I was
baseball's top home run hitter in the years after World
War II. I played only two seasons in the minor leagues
and proudly served in the US Military from 1943-1945. I
joined the major leagues in 1946 and led the NL in homers
in my rookie year; in fact I led the NL in HR's for seven
straight years - still an unbroken record. Baseball fans
jammed the ballparks just to see me hit home runs.
Over 5 million paid to watch the last place Pittsburgh Pirates
from 1947-1950, and would not leave until after my final
at bat in every game. In 1947, I batted .313 and hit 51
HR's and led the league with my .639 slg percentage.
I had a great 1949 season and hit 54 HR's to become the
first NL to hit over 50 HR's in a single season two times.
For every 100 at-bats, I
averaged 7.1 home runs, a percentage that is second only
to Babe Ruth.
The Pirates traded me to the Chicago Cubs in 1953 and I
retired from baseball in 1955 at the age of 33 due to a
sore back. Perhaps you've seen me on TV as I am a
long time Mets broadcaster.