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Matt Holliday Passes Three More on the All-time Home Run Charts

Five homers yesterday (7/27). Two shy of the Redbird record for homers in a game. Matt started it off by blasting his 18th
Hollidinger of the season in the first inning.
It was the 220th tater of his career and propelled him into 256th place all-time ahead of Jim Bottomley, Al Oliver, and Joe Pepitone.

Al (Scoop) Oliver is one of the greatest hitters to not be enshrined in Cooperstown. A lifetime .303 hitter, he ranks 54th all-time in hits with 2743, 76th in total bases,
35th in doubles, 92nd in RBIs, and 91st in extra base hits. The owner of 40.2 lifetime bWAR, he played defensively everywhere a lefty can (LF, CF, RF, 1B). In the late
60s and early-mid 70s, he anchored the fearsome Pirate lineups (Clemente, Stargell, Sanguillen, Parker, Zisk, Stennett, Cash, Hebner, Clines, Robertson) that won the
NL East four times in five seasons and earned a World Series ring in 1971 when the Bucs defeated the Orioles in a tense 2-1 Game 7 complete game victory by Steve
Blass who allowed only four hits and two walks. A seven time All-Star who was the runnerup to the Dodgers' Ted Sizemore in 1969 Rookie of the Year balloting, Oliver
continued his hitting excellence in stints with the Rangers and Expos before winding down his career as a Giant, Phillie, Dodger, and Blue Jay. Oliver is now a
motivational speaker based where he was born and raised - Portsmouth, Ohio.
Joe Pepitone was a slugging first baseman/center fielder for the Yankees in the 60s (a member of the 64 Yankee team that lost to St Louis in the World Series despite
Pepi's Game 6 grand slam), replaced Ernie Banks at first base for the Cubs in the 70s, and also briefly played for Houston and Atlanta. The three-time all-star and
three-time Gold Glove winner was a teammate of Jim Bouton's in New York and is featured prominently in the seminal tell-all book Ball Four.
Sunny Jim Bottomley bashed in St Louis for the Cards in the 20s and early 30s. An RBI machine, (66th all time with 1422), Bottomley earned two World Series rings
as a Redbird; in 1926 over the Yankees and in 1931 over the Philadelphia Athletics. Exiled to Cincinatti for three seasons, Bottomley returned to St Louis with the
Browns in 1936 and succeeded Rogers Hornsby as player-manager midway through the 1937 campaign. Nicknamed for his cheerful disposition, Sunny Jim was the
1928 MVP and he and his 32.8 lifetime bWAR were inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 1974. Bottomley co-owns the MLB
record for RBIs in a game with fellow Redbird Mark Whiten with 12. Upon his retirement, Bottomley became a cattle rancher in Bourbon Mo - about 70 miles
southwest of St Louis.
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