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This Day in Georgia History

January 07, 1913

Johnny Mize Born

Major league baseball hall of famer John Robert (“The Big Cat”) Mize was born in Demorest, Ga. As a youth he was an accomplished tennis player, but baseball was his real sport. He went straight from high school into professional baseball, where he played first base for the St. Louis Cardinals (1936-41), New York Giants (1942-49), and New York Yankees (1949-53). Mize was the only major league player to hit three home runs in a single game six times. During his career, he tied or lead the National League in home runs in four different seasons (with a career high of 51 in 1947). Mize retired from baseball in 1953 with a career batting average of .312. He was inducted into the Baseball of Fame in 1981. He died in his hometown of Demorest on June 2, 1993.