Ben Revere isn’t a power hitter. That was evidenced by his first 1,565 MLB at-bats, when Revere amassed precisely zero home runs. But for one swing on one night, Revere had enough power to finally hit his first major league home run. Ben Revere has destroyed maybe the most interesting thing about himself as a player.
Revere finally hit pay dirt after putting up one of the longest home run droughts in MLB history. Fortunately, old Jack McCarthy from the William McKinley Era holds the record with more than 2,400 appearances without a home run. Revere was safe for a while anyways, but he’s probably glad to just get that dinger out of the way.
More interesting is the fact that Revere, a contact hitter at most times, managed to pull this ball against a fellow leftie for a nice powerful stroke.
This piece actually provides a ton more great info on this oddly groundbreaking event. Sometimes a super long drought can be just as notable as a streak of sorts.
My favorite quote that link? “Ben Revere has destroyed maybe the most interesting thing about himself as a player. If Revere is to remain widely known now, it will be for other things, the downside of that being that Revere hasn’t blossomed into very much of a regular.”
It’s hard to argue there. The only reason Revere’s home run was even remotely interesting to anyone not rooting for the Phillies was the fact that it ended a pretty interesting streak. Such is sports.