Joey Meyer was a towering, intimidating presence on the football field and the baseball diamond. He parlayed his physical strength into numerous All-ILH and All-State selections in both sports, and a total of seven varsity letters.
After graduating from Punahou, he attended University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa on a football scholarship, and the coach also let him play baseball.
Meyer was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1983. His penchant for hitting with power was on full display as he progressed through the minor leagues. He made history on June 2, 1987. While playing for the Triple-A Denver Zephyrs, he hit a baseball 582 feet into the upper deck of Mile High Stadium in Denver. At the time, it was the longest home run ever hit in minor league baseball history.
He was called up to the major leagues in 1988, and became the first and only player to hit a walk-off home run off one of the most dominant pitchers in major league history, Roger Clemens.
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