May 22 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball legend Rafael Palmeiro, 53, made a spark in his pro baseball comeback bid, hitting a homer for the Cleburne Railroaders.
Palmeiro went deep for the Railroaders in the fifth inning of an American Association of Independent Professional Baseball contest against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
The Railroaders were tied 2-2 in the bottom of the inning when Palmeiro walked up to the plate. He fouled off a pitch and took a ball, before hacking away at the third offering. Palmeiro sent the pitch deep to right center field. The RedHawks outfielders barely moved, watching the baseball carry over the fence.
Palmeiro went 2-for-4 on the day with an RBI. He is hitting .167 on the season. His son Patrick Palmeiro went 0-for-5, but is hitting .333 this season for the Railroaders.
The elder Palmeiro hit .288 with 569 home runs during his 20-year MLB tenure. Palmeiro's final season came at age 40 with the Baltimore Orioles.
The Railroaders lost Monday's bout 4-3 in 11 innings at The Depot at Cleburne Stadium in Cleburne, Texas.
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Palmeiro made his debut for the club on Friday. He grounded out to first base in his first at-bat. He finished the game going 0-for-4 against the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
"My timing is off, obviously. But it felt good," Palmeiro told reporters after that performance.
"It's gonna take a little time."
"I definitely would like to maybe get picked up," Palmeiro said. "I'm not doing this just to prove to myself that I can play at a Double-A level, let's say, for instance. That's kind of the type of players that I'm playing with [at Cleburne]. These are young guys. I knew that I could do that. I just want to show enough that maybe someone will give me a chance and give me an opportunity, maybe get back in the minor leagues and work my way up."
The Railroaders host the RedHawks again at 7:06 p.m. Tuesday in Cleburne.