MLB: The Youngest Players to Hit a Home Run

Tommy Brown and Danny Murphy Hit Home Runs At Age 17

Tommy Brown and Danny Murphy Hit Home Runs At Age 17

Only two pro baseball players hit a home run at the tender age of 17: the Brooklyn DodgersTommy Brown and the Chicago CubsDanny Murphy.

Another 21 players hit a home run at age 18. That’s it. Only 23 times in MLB history has a player 18 or under gone deep – and that includes two-time markers Murphy and  the Cubs’ Phil Cavarretta (follow the asterisks).

A handful of Hall of Famers is amongst these teens listed below – a surprising, not-known-for-his-power Ty Cobb, Al Kaline, Mel Ott and the last 18-year old to knock one out, Robin Yount (in 1974 – 40 years ago).

PLAYER AGE BIRTH DATE HR  SEASON TEAM
1. Tommy Brown  17 Dec. 6, 1927 2 1945 Brooklyn Dodgers
2. Danny Murphy* 17 Aug. 23, 1942 1 1960 Chicago Cubs
3. Phil Cavarretta* 18 Jul. 19, 1916 1 1934 Chicago Cubs
4. Wayne Causey  18 Dec. 26, 1936 1 1955 Baltimore Orioles
5. Al Kaline  18 Dec. 19, 1934 1 1953 Detroit Tigers
6. Ty Cobb  18 Dec. 18, 1886 1 1905 Detroit Tigers
7. Bill Southworth  18 Nov. 10, 1945 1 1964 Milwaukee Braves
8. Ed Kranepool  18 Nov. 8, 1944 2 1963 New York Mets
9. Lou Klimchock  18 Oct. 15, 1939 1 1958 Kansas City Athletics
10. Ed Kirkpatrick  18 Oct. 8, 1944 2 1963 Los Angeles Angels
11. Johnny Lush  18 Oct. 8, 1885 2 1904 Philadelphia Phillies
12. Dave Duncan  18 Sep. 26, 1945 1 1964 Kansas City Athletics
13. Larry Dierker  18 Sep. 22, 1946 1 1965 Houston Astros
14. Robin Yount  18 Sep. 16, 1955 3 1974 Milwaukee Brewers
15. Danny Murphy* 18 Aug. 23, 1942 2 1961 Chicago Cubs
16. Pete Schneider  18 Aug. 20, 1895 1 1914 Cincinnati Reds
17. Billy Consolo  18 Aug. 18, 1934 1 1953 Boston Red Sox
18. Jerry Moses  18 Aug. 9, 1946 1 1965 Boston Red Sox
19. Whitey Lockman  18/19 Jul. 25, 1926 3 1945 New York Giants
20. Phil Cavarretta* 18/19 Jul. 19, 1916 8 1935 Chicago Cubs
21. Lew Malone  18 Mar. 13, 1897 1 1915 Philadelphia Athletics
22. Mel Ott  18 Mar. 2, 1909 1 1927 New York Giants
23. Dick Schofield  18 Jan. 7, 1935 2 1953 St. Louis Cardinals

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Posted on March 15, 2014, in MLB Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Tommy Brown lived a few doors down from your mother.

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