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Gehrig first of century to have four homer game
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
June 3, 1932
Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig makes history, becoming the first player in the 20th century to hit four homers in a game. The Iron Horse connects on his first four plate appearances, with his drives in the first and fifth innings going into the stands in left-center and his blasts in the fourth and seventh going over the right-field wall in Philadelphia. The first homer is a two-run shot and the other three are solo.
George Earnshaw gives up the first three homers and Roy Mahaffey the fourth as Gehrig ties Ty Cobb's American League record of 16 total bases. In the Yankees' 20-13 victory over the Athletics, they set a major league mark with 50 total bases.
Gehrig has two more chances to become the first player ever to hit five homers in a game (Bobby Lowe and Ed Delahanty had four in the 19th century). In the eighth inning, he grounds out and in the ninth, his deep drive to center is caught by Al Simmons.