I don’t think anyone new it would be such a memorable day on July 31, 1954. It turned out to be for Joe Adcock. Joe was the first baseman for the Milwaukee Braves. He took center stage in an individual game performance that may never be matched.
The Braves were playing at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. Joe was just 26 then and playing first base. He broke two major league records that day. Joe had five at bats. He hit five home runs and a double. Who cares about hitting for the cycle when you can do that?
His four home runs came off four different pitchers. His 18 total bases established a record as did his 13 extra bases. Interestingly enough, he had to borrow a bat since he had broken his the night before.
He led off with a home run against Don Newcombe. He took a rest and doubled in the third and then scored against Erv Palica. He wouldn’t give Palica a break and hit a three run homer against him in the fifth.
Next up was Pete Wojey. Joe jacked a two-run homer against him. So, he would get one more chance. In the ninth, Johnny Podres was pitching. Joe ht his fourth home of the day. Stunning to say the least.
Joe drove in seven runs that day and scored five himself. Amazingly, he only needed seven pitches to inflict all this damage. He came into the game hitting .442. Ebbets Fiedl seemed to be a special place for him as he hit .467 there that year. The previous night he had a homer, double and a single, just missing the cycle. Nine of his home runs that year would come at Ebbets.