May 8, 1935: Ernie Lombardi ties a major league record by hitting 4 doubles in 4 consecutive at-bats in a 15-4 win over the Phhillies in the first game of a DH in Philadelphia. Lombardi’s two-baggers came in 4 consecutive innings, from the sixth through the ninth, off four different pitchers. He also singled to account for five of the Reds 23 hits. The Reds lost the second game, 5-4.
Lomardi struck out only six times in 332 ABs. The big catcher used an unusual interlocking batting grip while at the plate, wrapping the index finger of his left hand around the little finger of his right hand.
All “Reds trivia” posts come from Greg Rhodes and John Snyder’s fabulous book, “Redleg Journal” (see link for purchasing) and are used with Greg’s permission.
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