Josh Hamilton Can Join Slugger Frank Howard in MLB Record Books Today

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Josh Hamilton Can Join Slugger Frank Howard in MLB Record Books Today
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With a home run Sunday versus the Los Angeles Angels, Josh Hamilton will tie Washington Senators slugger Frank Howard for the most home runs in a calendar week with 10.

Hamilton currently has nine home runs in a six-day span. That total is only five days if baseball’s record-keepers toss the rainout in Baltimore on May 9th out the window.

Hamilton’s quest began on May 7th with a two-run blast off Baltimore’s Jason Berken in the ninth inning of the Rangers' lopsided 14-3 victory at Camden Yards.

The following day, Hamilton terrorized the Orioles, hitting four home runs over the center field wall in a 10-3 victory.

Hamilton struck again on May 10th, whacking a two-run shot off Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter.

Back to Texas, Hamilton continued his onslaught on May 11th, smacking two homers against the Angels.

On Saturday, May 12th, Hamilton hit solo pay dirt in the bottom of the sixth inning off Angels starter C.J. Wilson.

Interestingly, Hamilton’s mission began one week before Howard achieved his spectacular week of power hitting in 1968.

During an eye-popping week (May 12-18, 1968) “The Capital Punisher,” as Howard was called, smacked 10 home runs in 20 at bats.

During this stretch, Howard hit home runs in six consecutive games for the Senators.

Howard’s journey began on May 12th when he hit two homers in a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Howard hit his first homer in the sixth inning against Mickey Lolich before launching his second bomb the next inning off reliever Fred Lasher.

Howard hit two more homers on May 14th during a 5-4 loss at Fenway Park. The first one came off Ray Culp in the first inning. The second came off Lee Stange in the sixth.

The next day, Howard thumped a two-run dinger off Jose Santiago in a 6-4 loss against Boston.

Howard avenged the losses in Boston by hitting two home runs on May 16th in a 4-1 victory in Cleveland. Both homers came off Indians starter Sam McDowell.

Back to Detroit, Howard smacked a solo shot on May 17th in a 7-3 loss against the Tigers. Reliever Joe Sparma was Howard’s victim in this matchup.

Then, in an ironic twist, Howard went full circle on May 18th, making Lolich his victim on two separate occasions. After Howard took Lolich deep in the third inning, he gave Lolich nightmares by taking him deep again in the fifth.

Should Hamilton not hit a homer Sunday, he will have another opportunity Monday night versus Bruce Chen and the Kansas City Royals.

Source: Baseball Almanac

 

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