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Lou Gehrig, Four Home Runs:
June 3, 1932

The day could have gone done in history as the one when Lou Gehrig pounded five home runs. He settled for four. In the ninth inning he just missed a fifth homer when Al Simmons made a one-handed snatch of the "Iron Horse's" shot.


In his first at bat in the first inning at Shibe Park in Philadelphia before 7,300 Gehrig mashed the ball into the stands in left-center for a two-run shot. His second home run of the day went over the right field wall in the fourth inning. Home run #3 went into the stands in the fifth inning.


The Athletics' George Earnshaw gave up the first three homers. Philly manager Connie Mack replaced Earnshaw with Leroy Mahaffey who gave up Gehrig's fourth homer in the seventh inning. That shot screamed over the right field wall and tied Ty Cobb's American League record for total bases in  game - 16.


Gehrig had two more chances to become the first player to hit five homers in a game (Bobby Lowe and Ed Delahanty had four in the 19th century). When the Yankee hero came to bat in the eighth inning, Philadelphia fans cheered, urging him to hit a home run. He grounded out. The Yankee first baseman came up for the final time in the game in the ninth inning against pitcher Ed Rommel. A fifth home run was missed by inches as Gehrig hit his hardest shot of the day - caught in the furthest part of the park in deep centerfield. 

 
With his heroics, Lou Gehrig became the first player in the 20th century to hit four homers in a game. That was some game, one the Yankees hung on to win, 21-3.

 

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