Tucson-area pro athletes

Major-league home run highlights for Tucson-area stars

Ian Kinsler’s home run for Detroit on Sunday, his third in four games at that point, increased the former Canyon del Oro High School’s career amount to 229 in his 11-year big-league career.

That number leads all of the 14 Tucsonans who have hit a home run in the majors. All told, 807 home runs have been hit by players who grew up in Tucson.

Former Sahuaro standout Alex Verdugo became the 14th player from Tucson to hit a home run in the majors on Sunday as a pinch-hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers in their game with Colorado at Dodger Stadium.

Here’s an updated list on the home run count by locals:


Name Pos. Years High School HR
Ian Kinsler 2B 2006-17 CDO 229
J.J. Hardy SS 2005-17 Sabino 187
Jack Howell 3B 1985-99 Palo Verde 108
Ron Hassey C 1978-91 Tucson 71
Chris Duncan OF 2005-09 CDO 55
Tom Pagnozzi C 1987-98 Rincon 44
Shelley Duncan OF 2007-13 CDO 43
Eddie Leon SS-2B 1968-75 Tucson 24
Brian Anderson OF 2005-09 CDO 22
George Arias 3B 1996-99 Pueblo 14
Alex Kellner P 1948-59 Amphi 4
Stefen Romero OF 2014-16 Sunnyside 4
Colin Porter OF 2003-04 CDO 1
Alex Verdugo OF 2017 Sahuaro 1

The following are some highlights of these home runs, including a broken-bat homer hit by former Palo Verde standout Jack Howell at Yankee Stadium while with the California Angels.


Ian Kinsler, Canyon del Oro

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J.J. Hardy, Sabino

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Jack Howell, Palo Verde

Chris Duncan, Canyon del Oro

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Shelley Duncan, Canyon del Oro

Off the Bull in left field while with the Durham Bulls …

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Stefen Romero, Sunnyside

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Alex Verdugo, Sahuaro

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.


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