This date in Kernels alumni history – June 10, 1959
On June 10, 1959, Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) had a historic day at the plate. Colavito went 4-4 with four HR, six RBI, scored five runs and walked in the Cleveland Indians 11-8 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Memorial Stadium. He walked in the 1st, hit a two run shot in the 3rd inning off Jerry Walker, hit a solo home run off Arnie Portocarrero in the 5th and a two run shot in the 6th inning before finishing with a solo shot off Ernie Johnson in the 9th. Colavito is one of only six players in MLB history to homer in four consecutive at bats in one game and is one of only 15 players to hit four home runs in a game. Pat Seerey (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1942) is also among the 15 players to accomplish the feat.
Colavito hit .266 in his 14 year career playing for the Indians, Tigers, Athletics, White Sox, Dodgers and Yankees. Hitting all but three of his 374 career home runs in the AL, he ranked behind only Jimmie Foxx (524) and Harmon Killebrew (then at 397) among the league’s right-handed hitters when he retired. Colavito finished his career with 1159 RBI.
Rocky Colavito was part of the 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians team that finished in 8th with a record of 53-71 under manager Jimmy Bloodworth. Colavito hit .170 with 8 HR in 94 at bats for the Cedar Rapids Indians.