Sport: The 50 Club

In all baseball history only four men—Babe Ruth, Jimmy Foxx, Hack Wilson and Hank Greenberg—had hit 50 home runs in one season. Last week, with eight games of the season still left, a tall young ex-Navy pilot named Ralph Kiner became the fifth. He banged No. 50 into the left-field Scoreboard at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field, which put him one up on the New York Giants' Big John Mize (TIME, Aug. 25) in the race to be 1947's home-run king. Mize became the sixth to make the 50 Club two days later.

New Mexico-born Ralph Kiner, 24, had done for the seventh-place Pittsburgh...

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