A Home Run as Likely as a Man on the Moon

I love watching the Dodgers on TV with the legend Vin Scully broadcasting the game, a job he has had since1950 when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn.

On the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, he told the story of a most unlikely homerun.

In 1962, Gaylord Perry was a rookie pitcher practicing his swing in the batting cages.  A reporter watching saracastically told the Giants manager that Perry was going to hit a lot of homeruns for the team.  The manager responded:  “There will be a man on the moon before Gaylord Perry hits a homerun!”

On July 20, 1969, Gaylord Perry hit his first homerun, just a few hours after Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

I love stories like that!  Snopes cannot verify it, but if Vin Scully said it, then I know it’s true!

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out NASA’s refurbished footage of the moon landing and the first moonwalk.

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