Wes Covington’s Batting Stance

connie mack stadium

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.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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6 Responses to Wes Covington’s Batting Stance

  1. doctuhdon says:

    Thank you for the trip down memory lane. I have very fond recollections of Wes Covington.
    I enjoyed Dick Allen’s comments about Tony Gonzalez.

  2. You’re welcome, Dan. I was reminded of it while watching Odubel Herrera’s unorthodox machinations in the box last night, thinking how relaxed Wes was by comparison – all of it ultimately posturing for the swing. Hitting a baseball being the hardest thing to do in sports, no wonder there are so many different personalized signatures to it (the ones with more flair being the ones we experimented with while holding real or imaginary bats).

  3. Right! And the much lesser known Merritt Ranew, with his unorthodox crouch for the Houston Colt 45s.

  4. RALPH says:

    I was at that game when Wes hit the ball over the scoreboard. The ball was crushed to right center field. The umpire was running out to center field to make the call. The crowd was roaring, the excitement was loud. Then all of the sudden the ball dissapeared into the night. Time seemed to stop. A quiet came over the crowd, the umpire signaled it was a homerun and a buzz came over the ballpark. The ball went over the centerfielder side of the Longines clock. All the people in the stands were pointing towards the scoreboard, I’ve never seen or heard a ball hit like that since.

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