The Red Sox hit four home runs in one inning

GENE MAUCH

ON THIS DATE (May 22, 1957) ... At 4:20, two hours and 20 minutes after the Red Sox took the field against the Indians at Fenway Park, the score read Red Sox 11 – Cleveland 0. And the defense was air tight. One more run than Higgins wanted.

And Gene Mauch, who was getting ready to send his bat back to Japan after the way he was hitting the ball in the workout, starting something that will have the ball club in the Red Book next season.

With one out in the fourth, Mauch hit a home run into the net off Cal McLish, the Cleveland right hander.  The next hitter, Ted Williams, hit a long home run into the right centerfield bleachers, about 15 rows high. Jackie Jensen might have kept the barrage going. But he never took the bat off his shoulder and walked on a 3-2 pitch. Then Dick Gernert came up and whaled one of Cal’s succulent pitches over everything in left field. Then Frank Malzone stepped to the plate and cracked one of Cal’s serves into the left field net. And then manager Kirby Farrell of the Indians came out of the Cleveland dugout and yanked Cal before McLish could suffer a shock.

In 1940, the Red Sox hit four homers in an inning – against the Philadelphia Athletics. The hitters that day were: Williams, Jimmy Foxx, Joe Cronin and Jim Tabor. In 1950, the Detroit Tigers matched the feat with Dizzy Trout, Jerry Priddy, Vic Wertz (now of the Indians) and Walter “Hoot” Evers smacking the runs. The record in the National League is five.



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