There is a story here. Perhaps just not the one you’re looking for.
Red disappeared for a bit before he started hitting all the homers. He claimed he ran into some aliens in the desert. I have to say, there were some things that were never satisfactorily explained.
GONE BY BERNIE HAFELI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 40
In 1955 Red Feldrum hit eighty-nine home runs for the Hobbs Sports in the Class D Longhorn League. I knew this because Nils said it was so. Nils was an investment Banker, who, given his druthers, would have been a major league umpire. In his spare moments he called balls and strikes at high school, college, and semi-pro games in the LA area. If I needed background or clarification on anything even remotely associated with baseball, I called Nils. Everybody knew Wally Pipp was the guy Lou Gehrig replaced when the Iron Horse started his consecutive game streak. But who had Wally Pipp replaced a few years earlier? Charlie Mullen. Nils knew that kind of occasionally useful esoterica, so when I got interested in minor league home run totals—it s…