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Elephant Rumblings: A’s power their way to win over Cleveland

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MLB: Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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  • 1880 — In Albany’s Riverside Park, Lip Pike hits a ball over the wall and into the river. RF Lon Knight begins to go after the ball in a boat but gives up. Few parks have ground rules about giving the batter an automatic home run on a hit over the fence.
  • 1930 — Babe Ruth hits three consecutive home runs in the first game of a doubleheader against the A’s, then batting against Jack Quinn in the 9th, Ruth decides to hit right-handed. After two strikes, he switches to lefty but strikes out. This is the first of two career three-homer games for the Babe. Max Bishop draws five walks for the second time in his career (he is the only player to do this twice), and Jimmie Foxx homers to help the A’s to a 15 - 7 victory. Ruth is homerless in the second game, a 4 - 1 Yankee loss, but Bishop has three more walks. Bishop will also walk eight times in a doubleheader in 1934, the only player to collect more than six walks in an afternoon.

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