If not for a single swing in 1985, Rick Camp would be just another name in Atlanta Braves history.
Camp hit what was arguably one of the most improbable home runs ever in one of the longest games ever. In a game that started on July 4 and ended in the wee hours of July 5, Camp, a pitcher batting in the 18th inning of a one-run game, hit a game-tying home run: the first, and only, home run of his career.
1985 would be Camp's last year as a ballplayer. The Braves drafted Camp, a Georgia native, in 1974 and he debuted two years later. He was serviceable in nine years as a Brave, posting a 3.37 ERA in 942.1 innings, and in 1981 he led all NL relievers with a 1.78 ERA.
After baseball, Camp ran into some legal trouble. In 2005, Camp and four others were sentenced to three years in federal prison. They had been indicted the year prior for stealing more than $2 million from a mental hospital. Camp was convicted of conspiracy, health care fraud, and two counts of money laundering.
Camp passed away on this day, April 25, 2013 at the age of 59.