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Wednesday, August 29, 2001
Hodges sets NL record with four home runs

By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com

Aug. 31, 1950

Brooklyn's Gil Hodges enters the record book when he hits four home runs in a nine-inning game, becoming the first National Leaguer, and just the second player, to accomplish the feat this century. Lou Gehrig was the first in 1932.

Hodges, who also singles, breaks the modern major league record for total bases in a game with 17. The big first baseman knocks in a team-record nine runs in the Dodgers' 19-3 rout of the Boston Braves. Only 14,226 are on hand at Ebbets Field to witness Hodges' heroics.

The homers come off four pitchers - future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn in the second inning, rookie Normie Roy in the third, Bob Hall in the sixth and Johnny Antonelli in the eighth. "I knew the minute that last one left my bat it was going all the way," Hodges says about his drive to the upper deck in left.

Dodgers manager Burt Shotten expresses his confidence in Hodges by saying, "I was expecting it. That boy is always liable to do something like that."

Only Dodger teammate Pee Wee Reese seems nonplussed by the feat. "All he did was prolong the game," he jokes.