Retro Blue Jays – Mark Hendrickson Goes Deep

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Despite being a two-sport athlete, you won’t find Mark Hendrickson enshrined in Cooperstown or Springfield. However, the tall left-hander does hold one notable honour: The first (and only) Toronto Blue Jay pitcher to hit a home run in a regular season game.

The moment occurred on June 21, 2003 at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. According to Baseball-Reference.com, 11, 483 fans witnessed it.

Hendrickson was starting for the Jays that evening, while the Montreal Expos countered with Sun-Woo Kim. Already staked to a 1-0 lead, Hendrickson led off the 5th inning against Kim. On a 2-1 pitch (noted by Baseball-Reference.com), he sent a fly ball that cleared the wall in right field. As seen in the clip, Hendrickson showed no emotion as he rounded the bases. The Jays’ dugout, in comparison, was ecstatic.

Hendrickson looked good on the mound as well. He threw six innings, 92 pitches; gave up 1 earned run, six hits, two walks and stuck out two batters (Baseball-Reference.com). He left the game with the Jays leading, 5-1.

Unfortunately, the Expos would score seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, en route to an 8-5 victory.

Hendrickson last pitched in the majors in 2011. Along with the Jays, he also played for Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, Florida and Baltimore. He’s currently throwing for the Atlantic League’s York Revolution.

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Sidebar: The clip was taken from the Sportsnet broadcast. The play-by-play crew was Rob Faulds and the late John Cerutti.

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