Today in Tribe History: June 10, 1959
Bob Toth | On 10, Jun 2018
Rocky Colavito slams four home runs in a row, establishing an Indians record, and Cleveland hits six in the game to defeat Baltimore at Memorial Stadium, 11-8.
The Indians’ cleanup hitter had to wait to display his power, as he drew a walk his first time up and rode a Minnie Minoso home run to home plate to give the Tribe an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. In the third and with Vic Power on at first after a walk, Colavito cleared the right field fence, ending Orioles starter Jerry Walker’s day on the mound.
After a Tito Francona strikeout to start the fifth, Colavito homered to left off of Arnie Portocarrero. He drove home Francona in the sixth with his third consecutive homer, again off of Portocarrero, after Tito had doubled in Woodie Held. In the ninth inning, up 10-7, Colavito sent his fourth straight blast of the game out to left off of Ernie Johnson, giving him six RBI in the contest.
Colavito remains the only Indians player to slug four home runs in one game and was the eighth player to do so all-time. He was the third American League player to accomplish the feat and the first in the league to do so since former Indian Pat Seerey hit four with the White Sox just over a month after his trade from Cleveland to Chicago in 1948.
Colavito would go on a tear at the plate over the next four days, adding two more home runs and nine more RBI to give him six homers, two doubles, and 15 RBI in the span of five games.