Bobby Lowe Hits Four Home Runs in a Game

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Bobby Lowe, on May 30, 1894, hit four home runs in a game - a standard that has never been beaten. Lowe was the first Major League Baseball player to ever connect on four long balls during a single game and he had two of them during the third inning.

"About the only thing that made him ( Bid McPhee ) colorful was the fact that he was the best defensive second baseman in the nineteenth century and for fourteen seasons he did it barehanded." - Bob Carroll
4 Home Runs in 1 Game
by Bobby Lowe

Bobby Lowe Obituary

May 30, 1894 at Congress Street Grounds (Boston, MA)

Hitting & Fielding Notes

Cincinnati Reds

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Name Pos AB R H RBI
Dummy Hoy cf 6 1 1 0
Jack McCarthy 1b 5 2 2 0
Arlie Latham 3b 4 3 2 1
Bug Holliday lf 4 3 2 5
Bid McPhee 2b 5 0 2 0
Farmer Vaughn c 5 1 2 4
Jim Canavan rf 5 1 1 1
Germany Smith ss 5 0 1 0
Elton Chamberlain p 5 0 1 0
Totals 44 11 14 11

Boston Beaneaters

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Name Pos AB R H RBI
Bobby Lowe 2b 6 4 5 6
Herman Long ss 3 5 2 1
Hugh Duffy cf 5 0 1 1
Tommy McCarthy lf 6 2 3 2
Billy Nash 3b 4 3 3 1
Tommy Tucker 1b 2 1 0 0
Jimmy Bannon rf 4 2 2 2
Jack Ryan c 5 2 2 2
Kid Nichols p 5 1 1 4
Totals 40 20 19 19

Doubles : Latham 2, Smith, Chamberlain, Long, McCarthy.
Home Runs : Holliday 2, Vaughn, Canavan, Lowe 4, Long.
Left on Base : Cincinnati 7, Boston 10.
Stolen Bases : Nash 2, Long, Duffy, Hoy, Latham.

Line Score
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

Cincinnati

2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 5 11 14 4

Boston

2 0 9 0 1 5 2 1 x 20 19 3
Pitching Notes

Cincinnati Reds

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Name IP H R ER BB SO
Elton Chamberlain 8.0 19 20 12 8 3

Boston Beaneaters

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Name IP H R ER BB SO
Kid Nichols 9.0 14 11 8 2 3

Hit-by-pitch : Long, Tucker (by Chamberlain).
Losing Pitcher : Chamberlain.
Wild Pitches : Chamberlain, Nichols.
Winning Pitcher : Nichols.

Game Notes
Attendance : 8,000.
Length of Game : 2:15.
Umpire : HP: Ed Swartwood.
4 Home Runs in 1 Game by Bobby Lowe | Researched by Baseball Almanac, Inc.


Did you know that this was the first time in Major League history where one player hit four home runs in one game ? A newspaper clipping from 1894:

Bobby Lowe Hits 4 Home Runs in a Game
Thousands upon thousands of games have been played featuring historic sluggers — have any of your favorites ever hit four round-trippers in one game ?
Bobby Lowe became the first National League player to hit four home runs in one game, accomplishing this fabulous feat during the second game of a doubleheader on May 30, 1894. On June 3, 1932 , Lou Gehrig became the first American League player to hit four home runs in one game.

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