Jones broke in with four hits in his first game, tying the post-1900 NL mark. He
hit 31 HR in his first full season (1965), finishing third in the NL in home run
percentage. He teamed that year with Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Joe Torre, Felipe
Alou, and Gene Oliver as the Braves set a NL record with six 20-HR men in one season.
When the Braves moved to Jones's native Atlanta in 1966 he hit 23 HR despite a shoulder
injury, but his power gradually dropped off until 1969. Playing for the expansion
Expos in cozy Jarry Park, he hit 22 HR and batted a career-high .270, and on April
14 he hit the first ML home run in Canada off Nelson Briles.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 13, 1961: Mack Jones of the Braves ties the National League record with four hits—3 singles and a double—in his ML debut, a 6–5 triumph over St. Louis.
»June 8, 1969: The Expos snap a 20-game losing streak as Jerry Robertson wins his first ML game, 4–3 at Los Angeles. Rusty Staub and Mack Jones homer for the Expos, who end their losing streak three short of the record.