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Darrell Evans becomes the first player in major league history to hit 40 home runs in a season in both leagues on October 2, 1985.

The Tigers first baseman, who had hit 41 with the Braves in 1973, goes deep off Blue Jays’ hurler Dave Stieb to reach 40 on the last day of the season.

Evans was both a third baseman and first baseman who played from 1969 to 1989 with the Atlanta Braves (1969–76, 1989).

  • Evans hit over 20 home runs in 10 different seasons and drew over 100 walks five times, with a career high 126 in 1974.
  • He currently ranks 11th all-time in walks among major leaguers, ahead of the likes of Pete Rose, Willie Mays, Stan Musial and Hank Aaron.
  • Evans became the first player to hit 40 home runs in both leagues, and at age 38 became the oldest player ever to lead the American League in home runs (40 in 1985).
  • Evans hit over 20 home runs in 10 different seasons and drew over 100 walks five times, with a career high 126 in 1974.
  • He currently ranks 11th all-time in walks among major leaguers, ahead of the likes of Pete Rose, Willie Mays, Stan Musial and Hank Aaron.
  • In 1988, Evans hit his 400th home run, becoming the 22nd player to reach that milestone.
  • He retired after having joined Reggie Jackson in becoming only the second player to hit 100 home runs with three different teams, and ranking in 11th place among all-time walks leaders.
  • Evans hit 60 home runs after reaching age 40, at the time a major league record.
  • He later served as a coach with the New York Yankees in 1990.

A two-time All-Star (1973 and 1983), Evans was selected as the third baseman on the 1973 Sporting News National League All-Star team. He won the 1983 Willie Mac Award for his spirit and leadership. He earned a World Series ring with the 1984 Detroit Tigers.

A particularly memorable highlight of his career was being on base and scoring when Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run on April 8, 1974 to break Babe Ruth’s record for most career home runs.