"The second it hit my bat, there was no question in my mind," Colavito said. "Almost like a line drive that was climbing. Whoosh."
It landed 415 feet away, impressive even to Colavito's friendly beer spout.
"He waved at me," Colavito said. "Nice fella."
Cleveland won, 11-8.
"They were no flukes," Indians outfielder Jimmy Piersall shouted in the clubhouse. "He hit them in the toughest park in baseball."
Only 103 home runs were hit at Memorial Stadium that season, less than half the park-record 238 in 1987.
Between 1954 and 1958 -- a year before Colavito's feat -- the fences had been moved from 450 feet to 410 in center and 446 to 380 in the power alleys, but the shorter dimensions seemed to make little difference. According to the book "Total Baseball," the park was the league's stingiest to home runs in every year of its existence in the 1950s, except 1955 and 1959, when it was second-stingiest.
"It doesn't matter," Walker said. "Those last three would've gone out of Yellowstone."
Colavito didn't get a bonus for hitting the four homers.
"He'll get paid the first and the 15th of the month, just like he and everybody else have in the past," Lane said in the clubhouse. "After all, we don't deduct from a guy's pay when he goes 0-for-18, do we?"
ROCKY V? Colavito was asked whether he planned to go for a home run his first time up the next night.
"No," he said. "I think I'll bunt."
Colavito might not have been trying for a fourth straight homer, but he craved a fifth.
"I thought, Jesus Christ," he said. "I would have been the only one in history."
It wasn't to be. In his first at-bat, Colavito got a belt-high fastball from the Orioles' Milt Pappas -- "probably a better pitch to hit than any of the pitches I hit for home runs" -- and popped out to short left.
"Right in my wheelhouse and I had a good swing at it. I just got a little bit of the bottom," he said. "I'll tell you what, a quarter-inch more. I recall that as clear as I do the homers."
Colavito grounded out his next two at-bats but drove in the winning run in the eighth with a double off the top of the left-field wall.
Baltimore never recovered from Colavito's onslaught, finishing the season 74-80.
"I can just see those [four home runs] going out," said Lee MacPhail, then the Orioles' general manager, from his Manhattan home. "Every one of those balls was like driving a nail through me."