As I was driving into the office this morning, I realized that there was one other time when I saw four consecutive home runs hit in a game. It was the Angels vs. the Tigers, sometime in the 80s and the homers were hit by Mike Groneman, Joe Androtti, Joe Cohen and Ryan Levine. Before you go running to Retrosheet or baseball reference.com to look those guys up, don’t bother. These were the Senior Minor Tigers against the Senior Minor Angels at Northridge Little League and the homers came off of yours truly. By the fourth one, our first baseman was rolling on the ground in laughter and my twin brother was in right field, not sure whether to laugh or cry. I, of course, was crying and begging to be taken out of the game as most teams were lucky to hit four homers over the fence in a year in Little League, let alone four in a row.
While I’ve moved past that game and onto bigger and better things in baseball (some would say), my only role in last night’s game was to make sure that historically, we were covered. From looking up various records with the help of Elias Sports Bureau and STATS, LLC, to keeping a few important items for the Dodger archives from the historic game, it was a busy evening.
Once we got to the clubhouse, I asked the bullpen catcher, Rob Flippo, for a game-used baseball, on which I had the four ninth-inning homer guys sign on each "corner" of the ball. MLB had an authenticator on site, so we dated it, put a hologram on it and will keep it with some of the other great items we’ve collected over the years. The lineup card is heading to the Hall of Fame, as are a few other items from last night’s game following my conversation this morning with Jeff Idelson in Cooperstown.
Among some of the other cool things we’ve grabbed for the archives this season:
Lineup card from the game Maddux tied Steve Carlton on the all-time list
Lineup card from the Dodgers’ 17th win in 18 games
Lineup card and ticket stubs from Maddux’s six no-hit innings in Cincy (first start)
Lineup card from the first-ever French Canadian battery (Gagne and Martin)
Jersey and cap from Nomar’s introductory press conference
The ball that was the Dodgers’ L.A. record 25th hit on 6/19/06
Game ball from Hong-Chih Kuo and Eric Stults’ first Major League wins
Ticket stock from Chad Billingsley’s first big league win
And much more. Hopefully someday soon, all this stuff will be on display for you guys to check out, along with the loads of other incredible historical items we’ve saved over the years.
Here’s today’s lineup: