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Bobby Lowe

Bobby Lowe

In the afternoon game on May 30, 1894‚ Boston second baseman Bobby Lowe hits home runs in 4 consecutive at bats‚ including 2 in the 3rd inning‚ to lead his team to a 20-11 first-game conquest of Cincinnati and a sweep of the doubleheader.

The homers came off Iceberg Chamberlain‚ and all were lofted over the 250-foot left field wall of Boston’s Congress Street Grounds‚ the Beaneater’s temporary home. Lowe also adds a single to total 17 bases for the game‚ a record tied but not beaten until Joe Adcock in 1954.

After Lowe’s 4th homer‚ the crowd showers him with $160 in coins. There are 9 homers hit in the opener with Bug Holliday hitting 2. In the two games‚ Lowe’s teammate Herman Long sets a Major League record by scoring 9 runs (5 runs in game 1)‚ which has since been tied only once. Lowe‚ who used the time between games of the twinbill to help himself to the shore dinner at the North Boston Railroad Station‚ will try the same meal tomorrow‚ but will go hitless.