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Imagined Roof Most!
Phil Roof starred more with the mitt than the bat. More than 15 years with only 43 career homers?
He treasured one dinger most:
“My first homer was my biggest thrill. It helped win the game in the 12th inning. Tied 3 to 3 at RFK Stadium, I hit it in the top of the 12th.”
One day turned the tables for the studious Roof. On May 30, 1972, his two homers were the difference in a 3-2 win against the Royals. Roof wrote:
“I hit a Dal Canton fastball over right field fence. Then I hit a hanging curveball to left field. The way he brought his right hand out of his glove gave his pitches away. I was lucky to pick that up. He was tipping his pitches and he was going into his stretch position. It was a big thrill.”