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Josh Hamilton Hits Four Home Runs: Lou Gehrig, Gil Hodges Also On List

Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers became the 16th player in Major League history to bash four home runs in a game on Tuesday night. The most amazing thing about that list, from a New York perspective? There is only one member of the New York Yankees on that list.

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Lou Gehrig was the first American League player to accomplish the feat, hitting four home runs on June 3, 1932 in a 20-13 (yes, 20-13!) victory by the Yankees over Philadelphia Athletics. Gehrig went 4-for-6 and drove in six runs, becoming the first player in what is considered modern baseball history to accomplish the feat. [Box score] Only Bobby Lowe (1894) and Ed Delahanty (1896) had hit four home runs in a game before Gehrig. [List via Baseball Almanac]

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Apparently, the New York Mets don't like making history. No Mets hitter has ever accomplished the feat, just like no Mets pitcher has ever gotten a no-hitter or perfect game.

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One other New York player is on the list, however. Gil Hodges homered four times on Aug. 31, 1950 while playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Hodges went 5-for-6 and drove in nine runs in a 21-9 victory over the Boston Braves. [Box score]

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Reaction To Hamilton's Feat

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- SB Nation Dallas
- SBNation.com StoryStream, including video
- LoneStarBall

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