Red Sox Fans

May 30, 1978

Dwight Evans called his shot … if only to himself.

The right fielder with a cannon for a right arm had never been considered a slugger. But in the spring of 1978 he went on a power binge. In one 24-game stretch, Evans hammered 10 homers, capped by a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth to break a 4-4 tie with the Blue Jays.

After his line drive into the screen off Toronto’s Tom Underwood, Evans admitted that when he stepped into the box for his decisive at bat, he committed himself to swinging for the fences.

He ended that season with 24 homers, his first season with more than 20. When his career ended Evans had 385 home runs.

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