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Astros minor leaguer’s first Midwest League home run is caught by his dad

May 25, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

File this one away in the “statistically improbable” folder, next to the report of Phillies outfielder Richie Ashburn striking the same fan twice with a foul ball. On Saturday night, Astros minor leaguer Conrad Gregor belted his first Midwest League home run. After the ball cleared the fence, a man in a hat made a barehanded basket catch of the ball. That man? Gregor’s father,’s Josh Jackson reports.

According to the newspaper, Marty Gregor and Conrad’s mom came to Davenport, Iowa, for the Memorial Day weekend series, making the nearly five-hour drive from Carmel, Indiana. The 22-year-old first baseman made Saturday extra special by sparking a comeback win and sending his father a souvenir with one swing of the bat.

“He may have to watch every game from out there,” Gregor joked.


“It’s a little unbelievable, but I’m glad my parents were here to see it,” Gregor told the newspaper, “and when I got back to the dugout, I heard he made a pretty good catch.”

Watch Gregor’s blast:

Gregor, a 22-year-old first baseman, entered Sunday’s action slashing .307/.413/.425 in 184 plate appearances on the season with Single-A Quad Cities.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 25, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Thanks for this story Bill. It is a much better story than today’s Red Sox nonsense.

  2. steelerfanforlife - May 25, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    That’s very cool!!

  3. jamesgrande1 - May 25, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    That is so cool. What a treat for the father. He must have had a gut feeling that HR was coming if he was behind the OF wall haha.

  4. timmons94 - May 25, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Awesome. Just went to Wisconsin vs Beloit in Midwest league night. For a ball it was a great game.. Minor league baseball is the best

  5. raysfan1 - May 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Wow! It just doesn’t get better than that!

  6. clydeserra - May 25, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    How much did he want for it?

  7. stexan - May 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    In a related story, owner Jim Crane is demanding the ball be returned to the team.

    “McClane told me those things grow on trees, but found out last week they don’t.”

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