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"Atlanta 8-1-72. This is the ball that broke the records in Atlanta by Nate Colbert. HR's, Total Bases, RBI's are National League Records."



"Aug. 1, 1972. 5 home runs in doubleheader ties Stan Musial."
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Nate Colbert's Incredible Day

On August 1, 1972, San Diego Padre slugger, Nate Colbert, had the greatest hitting performance in Major League history during a doubleheader. That day, he hit five home runs, knocked in 13 and had 22 total bases. Coincidently, as a youngster, Nate was in the stands with his dad in St. Louis on May 2, 1954 when he witnessed Stan "The Man" Musial hit five home runs in a doubleheader. That day, he told his father that he wanted to do that someday.

This ball is the fifth home run ball that Nate hit on his record-breaking day, tying his hero Stan Musial's mark for home runs in a doubleheader, but breaking the record for runs batted in and total bases.

The first thing that Nate did after reaching the locker room after his tremendous performance was to call his father. He said "Dad, remember the game we saw where Stan Musial hit those five home runs?" "Sure do," said his father. "Well, tonight I did it too!" answered Nate. His father said, "I knew you could do it, Nate."


Listen to my phone conversation with Nate Colbert where he describes his incredible five home runs feat.