JULY:THE BASEBALL GURU ARTICLE FROM
HOMERS TO THE RIGHT OF US, HOMERS TO THE ..
:FIVE HOMERUNS IN ONE INNING:
On a sunny day in
June 6th, 1939, the 20-24 New York Giants walked out onto the
field to play the 20-15
However the Giants did better. Getting six singles off Vander Meer in 2/3 of an inning they ended collecting a total of twenty base hits for the whole game. JoJo Moore, Zeke Bonura and Frank Demaree all went 3-4, and Harry Danning, Burgess Whitehead, and pitcher Salvo had two hits apiece. But all of that didnt matter. What brought that game into baseball history was the incredible fourth inning!
It started out innocently enough. Peaches Davis, who had relieved
Vander Meer, retired both Moore and Billy Jurgess for the first two outs.
Harry The Horse Danning then got up to the plate and proceeded
to hit a homerun into the lower center field stands. He was to end up getting
two hits and two RBIs in the game. Then Mel Ott proceeded to walk, Bonura
singled, and that brought up Frank Demaree to the plate. There was a brisk
wind blowing out of the Stadium and Demaree hit a fly ball that carried into
right center. Homerun number two.
All in all the Giants had 43 total bases on 20 base hits. The five
homeruns in one inning broke the old mark of four which was accomplished
In the next two installments here Ill be interviewing both Harry Danning and Whitey Whitehead who were part of that homer barrage. Well not only talk about their careers but get their reactions to that inning as well.