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MAY 30 (1894) - First*
By Bill Grimes
May 30, 2007 - 3:42 PM

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Ah, the good old days
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS • MAY 30, 1894 Second baseman Bobby Lowe of the Boston Beaneaters (later the Braves) became the first major league baseball player in history to hit four home runs in one game. He hit them against the Cincinnati Reds in a 20-11 win. Chances are some, if not all, of Lowe’s home runs were of the inside-the-park variety. Considering the ball wasn’t as lively as it is today, ball parks had larger dimensions and Lowe was listed as 5 ft-10 in, 150 lbs, it’s a safe bet he didn’t hit all four, if any, of his dingers over the fence.

Looking back from our vantage point in the 21st Century, 4 home runs coming off the bat of the same player in one 9-inning game wasn’t the only remarkable thing that happened that day. All 4 home runs came off the same pitcher, Elton Chamberlain. Chamberlain pitched a complete game despite getting pounded giving up 20 runs and 19 hits. In fact, both starting pitchers pitched complete games, giving up all 31 runs and 33 hits.

But the day belonged to an unlikely home run hitter. In an eighteen year career there were eleven seasons Bobby Lowe didn’t hit four home runs for the entire year. Still, he set a record that’s been tied, but never broken.

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