Watch Prince Fielder become the youngest Major Leaguer ever to hit 50 home runs
Prince Fielder may have moved on to a lucrative career as a food media mogul, but once upon a time he was one of the best young hitters in baseball. The son of former Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder, Prince was destined for stardom from a young age -- a mountain of a man whose lightning-quick swing seemingly defied his 275-pound frame.
The Brewers took him seventh overall in the 2002 Draft, and after tearing through the Minors, he broke in with the big league club in 2005 at age 21. It wasn't all smooth sailing, though: Over his first year and a half in the Major Leagues, he posted a relatively pedestrian 109 OPS+, with just 30 homers in 196 games. And then came 2007.
Prince got the party started early that season, sitting on 19 dingers with a .292/.374/.641 slash line by the end of May. At just 22 years old, he was in a position to have a special season -- the only question was how high his dinger count could go. The answer: historically high.
Entering Milwaukee's Sept. 25 matchup with division-rival St. Louis, Fielder sat on 48 homers -- two shy of becoming the youngest Major Leaguer to ever reach the half-century mark. It took him exactly one inning to reach 49:
But Fielder didn't really feel like waiting for tomorrow to make history. So, just a few innings later, he went ahead and hit No. 50:
Not only was Prince the youngest to ever hit 50, but he and his father Cecil became the only father-son duo to each put together a 50-homer campaign. Entering 2016, he was also the last National League player to reach the mark -- of course, that didn't last.