Georgia's New Home Run King: Charlie Condon

Charlie Condon became Georgia's new Home Run king by breaking the school's record for both career and single-season Home Runs over the weekend.
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Over the weekend, Charlie Condon continued his incredible season by making some history. With a 7th inning Home Run in Game two of Saturday's double-header against No. 1 Texas A&M, Charlie Condon became both Georgia's career Home Run leader (the 54th of his career) and the program's single-season Home Run leader (his 29th of the season).

Condon surpassed former Georgia slugger Gordon Beckham (2006-2008) for both marks. Condon is not just a slugger however, he's also hitting .461 and has 16 doubles on the season which has him in the running for both SEC and national awards.

While we can dive into his season as a whole later, I'm focusing right now on Condon breaking the Georgia Home Run records. What makes him setting the records so remarkable is two-fold:

On one what's impressive is how quickly he has broken both marks. Condon's 29 Home Runs this season have come in just 43 games (0.67 HR per game) and his 54 career homers have come in just 99 career games (0.55 HR per game). For reference, Beckham's single-season mark that previously held the record came in 2008 when Beckham hit 28 in 71 games (0.39 per game). Also, Beckham's previous career record of 53 home runs came in 197 career games (0.27 per game).

So, Condon broke Beckham's career record in almost right at half the number of games and he broke the single-season mark in 28 less games. Which with Georgia still having 10 regular season games remaining this season (plus any potential SEC tournament and NCAA tournament games after that), Condon will likely just keep adding to those records.

The other part that makes Condon setting this records so remarkable is the humble beginnings of his career. Condon, from The Walker School in Marietta, Ga., walked on at Georgia and red-shirted his first season on campus (2022) after coming in well under 200 pounds (he now weighs 215 pounds).

That's right, Georgia's new Home Run king and the potential No. 1 overall pick in this summer's MLB draft is a former walk-on who had to red-shirt for a year while he added weight/strength and got up to speed with SEC pitching. He then broke the school's career Home Run record in less than 100 career games. Crazy.

Again, with at least 10 games remaining this season for Georgia, Condon has a chance to add to these two Georgia records and to potentially chase down some other records as well. For instance, can he break the nation's BBCor Bat era record that Jac Caglianone set last season with 33? We will have to wait and see.