San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner homered off of Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Saturday. It is the second time Bumgarner has gone deep off of Kershaw since the start of last season. He is the only batter to do that.
Bumgarner’s long ball got me to thinking about Orioles pitchers who have gone deep.
Here are the O’s career leaders for home run by pitchers since 1954:
- Milt Pappas, 11 home runs (1957 to 1965)
- Dave McNally, 9 home runs (1962 to 1974)
- Jack Harshman, 7 home runs (1958 to 1959)
- Mike Cuellar, 5 home runs (1969 to 1976); Steve Barber, 5 home runs (1960 to 1967); Ray Moore, 5 home runs (1955 to 1957)
Jack Harshman’s totals jump off the page given that he played only two seasons in Baltimore. Six of those seven home runs came in 1958. Harshman had the fifth-most home runs on the 1958 Orioles. That was the season when Gus Triandos became the first Oriole with 30 home runs.
Prior to his Baltimore days, Harshman homered off of four-time 20-game winner Johnny Sain, he of the memorable “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain” saying.
Harshman’s SABR bio discusses his power at the plate.
Harshman was a slugging pitcher, a valuable commodity in the days before designated hitters. He hit 21 major-league home runs, and often appeared as a pinch hitter for his power-starved teams. For many years, before the advent of the homer-driven careers of Dave Kingman and Mark McGwire, Harshman held an obscure major league record–of his 76 career hits, his 21 home runs were the highest ratio (27.6 percent) of home runs to hits for any batter with more than 400 plate appearances.