BBRT declares today, “Tyrone Horne Day.” It was on this day (July 27) in 1998 that Horne, playing for the Double A Arkansas Travelers, became the only professional player (to date) to hit for the “Home Run Cycle” – bashing a solo, two-run, three-run and grand slam home run all in the same game (a 13-4 win over the San Antonio Mission). They were the only home runs in the game, in which Arkansas collected 13 hits. Horne ended the day four-for-four, with four runs scored and ten RBI.
Horne hit three of his four dingers off San Antonia starter Pete Zamora – a two-run shot in the first inning, a grand slam in the second and a solo homer in the fifth. His final homer, a three-run long ball, came in the sixth off reliever Miguel Garcia. Horne came up once more, with two on, in the eighth, but reliever Jeff Kubenka struck him out.
Although it was surprising, Horne’s feat was, perhaps, not totally unexpected. The 27-year-old outfielder was in the midst of a stellar Double A season in which he would go .312 with 37 home runs, 139 RBI, 94 runs scored and even throw in 18 stolen bases. (The 5’10”, 185-pounder showed good speed throughout his minor league career, racking up 185 steals in 13 seasons, hitting double digits in steals eight times and topping 20 twice. He also hit double digits in home runs seven times, but only topped 20 twice.)
Right after the historic “homer cycle” game, Horne headed off to the Texas League All-Star Game where he proceeded to win the Home Run Derby. Horne earned a call up to AAA at the end of the season, hitting .364 (four-for-eleven) in three games, with one double, one run scored and one RBI.
Horne never made it to the major leagues – completing a 13-year (1,286 games) minor league career with a .288 average and 143 home runs. The bat he used that historic day, however, has made it to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
BBRT says happy Tyrone Horne Day to the player who was baseball’s biggest bopper, for at least one day, 15 years ago.
Here’s the line score of his historic game.
July 27, 1998
Arkansas 2 5 0 0 2 3 0 1 0 13 13 0
San. Ant. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 8 3
Time: 2:40 Attendance: 5,010