Belle rings 50/50
Sept. 30, 1995 - Kansas City Royals rookie Melvin Bunch had been hitting the corners of the plate most of the game. In the sixth inning, he tried to get a fastball past Albert Belle, and the Indians slugger drove it 405 feet, into the left-field seats of Cleveland's Jacobs Field and into the record books.
With the home run, in the next-to-last game of the regular season, Belle became the 12th major leaguer to hit 50 homers in a season and tied Babe Ruth for the most homers ever in the month of September at 17. Belle joined Ruth, Roger Maris, Willie Mays and other notables in the 50-club. "It is a pretty big honor to be considered in the same group of those guys," the 29-year-old Belle said after the Indians won 3-2 in 10 innings.
The home run was his 31st since August 1. He said he had no idea he'd reach 50. "To be able to hit 30," he said, "is tough enough."
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