It was a long way from home plate to that Ballantine beer scoreboard in center field at Connie Mack Stadium, home to the Philadelphia Phillies when Wes Covington platooned in left for Gene Mauch in the early 1960s. Whether or not he hit a ball over the scoreboard is in some dispute, but there is no disputing that he was a powerful man.
The bulk of Covington’s power came from a very unorthodox batting stance, one in which he hunched over the plate from the left side and let his bat dip to the point where it was almost parallel to the ground. The odd thing is that despite all the resources of the Internet, you won’t find any picture of Covington’s unique stance. It is forever etched, however, into the memory of young boys growing up in Philadelphia who imitated his casual pre-pitch posture, recoiling like a shotgun blast into the mighty swing.