Ernie Banks’ Lost Home Run

Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks, who died last Friday, is officially credited with 512 home runs. But on June 30, 1969, Banks was robbed of a home run by a silly call by an umpire. It was a rainy night Jarry Park in Montreal. Banks hit a deep fly ball off starting pitcher Howie Reed that reached the other side of the left centerfield fence. Second base umpire Paul Pryor ruled the ball had rolled through a hole in the bottom of the fence, and ruled the hit a ground rule double. Montreal outfielders Ron Fairly and Adolpho Phillips laughed so hard they covered their faces with their gloves. The hole was never found.


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