By Glen Sparks
The Brooklyn Dodgers’ Gil Hodges knocked four baseballs into the left-field bleachers at Ebbets Field on August 31, 1950. The four home runs tied a major-league record. Brooklyn trounced the Boston Braves 19-3 in front of 14,226 fans.
Hodges went 5-for-6 in the contest. Besides hitting four homers, he singled and grounded out. His 17 total bases also tied a major-league mark. The big first baseman from Princeton, Ind., playing in his third full big-league season, drove in nine runs.
Just five players had hit four home runs in a game before Hodges accomplished that feat.