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Mike Hessman sets the International League home run record

Jul 1, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT

Mike Hessman AP

When Crash hit his 247th home run, I knew the moment it happened. But I’m sure nobody else did. And The Sporting News didn’t say a word about it. “Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air.” Thomas Gray. Or William Cullen Bryant. I don’t know, I get them mixed up.

Mike Hessman homered in the third inning in the Toledo Mud Hens-Indianapolis Indians game last night. It was his 259th in International League play. That broke the league record, which had stood of 69 years.

Overall, Hessman has 404 home runs in 1,929 minor league games. He has 14 homers in 109 games the majors. Maybe he dreamed, when he was a younger man, that those totals were flipped. Who wouldn’t? But no matter where life takes him when he’s done with baseball, he’s going to have something to talk about and something to remember. Something about which he should be proud and people should be impressed, no matter where it happened.

Congratulations, Mike Hessman.


  1. Old Gator - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    And congratulations to whomever the woman waiting for him in the bathtub might be….

    • stex52 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Carried away again in our “Bull Durham” fantasies. I can relate.

      • Old Gator - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        It’s a Susan Sarandon fantasy, and dates all the way back to Rocky Horror. If she had been waiting in the bathtub for Ray Milland at the end of It Happens Every Spring, I would fantasize about that too.

      • stex52 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        I’m on board. All the way back to Rocky Horror.

  2. dawgpoundmember - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    It took him long enough to break it. He was on fire to begin the year hitting something like 10 home runs in the first week and that was his first one in almost 2 months.

    • rbj1 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      He had to have some precancerous lesions removed, which knocked him out for some time, plus he’s been battling a wrist injury.

  3. danaking - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    A tribute to what I have come to appreciate more as I age, someone who appreciates his profession and does it as a job, showing up to work every day. Good for him.

  4. tigers182 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Didn’t Joaquin Phoenix on Sign hold the previous record?

    • stex52 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      Now that was one weird movie. Not the least Mel Gibson as a priest.

  5. barrywhererufrom - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Congrats!! Hope you get called up to the bigs soon!!

  6. pjmitch - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Mater Dei HS graduate. (Santa Ana, CA). Keeping the OC proud!

  7. jigokusabre - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    404 home runs… MLB career not found.

  8. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Summer of Joe Bauman!!! Fantastic.

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