Ken Griffey Jr. rolls into town tonight for a four-game series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. He needs one more home run for 600. Here are some milestone home runs that involved the Phillies or A's in Philadelphia:
Jimmie Foxx, A’s vs. White Sox (Les Tietje) 9/15/1935 at Shibe Park
Mel Ott, Giants vs. Phillies (Larry Crawford) 8/20/1937 at Baker Bowl
Chuck Klein, Phillies (PH) vs. Reds (Junior Thompson) 8/18/1941 at Shibe Park
Eddie Mathews, Braves vs. Phillies (Robin Roberts) 4/17/1960 at Connie Mack Stadium
Roy Sievers, Phillies vs. Mets (Roger Craig) 7/19/1963 at Connie Mack Stadium
Luis Gonzalez, Diamondbacks vs. Phillies (Rheal Cormier) 6/5/2005 at Citizens Bank Park
Andruw Jones, Braves vs. Phillies (Geoff Geary) 9/14/2005 at Citizens Bank Park
Babe Ruth, Yankees* vs. A’s (Rube Walberg) 9/2/1927 at Shibe Park
Hank Aaron, Braves vs. Phillies (Bo Belinsky) 4/20/1966 at Connie Mack Stadium
Jim Thome, Phillies vs. Reds (Jose Acevedo) 6/14/2004 at Citizens Bank Park
*First time 400 home runs had been reached.
Jimmie Foxx, Red Sox** vs. A’s (George Caster) 9/24/1940 at Shibe Park
**Second time 500 home runs had been reached (after Ruth).
Other than his first home run (9/16/1972 at Veterans Stadium), all of Mike’s milestone home runs came on the road, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500.
Robbie surrendered his 400th home run as a Phillie on 8/28/1961, at Connie Mack Stadium, to Roy McMillan of the Milwaukee Braves. Roberts was the first pitcher to give up 400 home runs.
Sources: David Vincent, SABR; Elias Sports Bureau
Jimmy Rollins' pep talk to Tom Gordon helped the Phillies beat the Marlins yesterday, 7-5.