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#13 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 23, 2012

Gehrig at spring training in 1932 (NY Times)

Lou Gehrig | 4 HR | vs. Philadelphia Athletics | 6/3/1932

In a remarkable day at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Lou Gehrig became the first modern player to hit 4 home runs in a single game, a feat equaled by only 5 other American Leaguers in the 80 years since that day.

Gehrig smashed home runs off of George Earnshaw in the 1st, 4th, and 5th innings.  A’s manager, Connie Mack, replaced Earnshaw with Leroy Mahaffey and in the 7th Gehrig scorched a shot over the right field wall to give him his 4th.  When the Iron Horse came to bat in the 8th inning the Philly crowd actually urged him on, hoping for another historic blast, but Gehrig grounded out.  He had one more at bat in the 9th and came within inches of hitting a 5th home run, mashing a ball to the deepest part of the park in centerfield, 468 feet from home plate, but finding only the leather of Al Simmons‘ glove.

The Yankees won the slugfest 20-13 thanks to 7 home runs from Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Tony Lazzeri, and Earle Combs.

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