May 12, 1942 The Braves’ Jim Tobin, en route t…

May 12, 1942

The Braves’ Jim Tobin, en route to a 6-5 victory over the Cubs, becomes the first modern-day pitcher to hit three home runs in one game, equalling the feat of Guy Hecker, who hit three inside-the-park round-trippers playing for Louisville in 1886. ‘Ironsides’, who pinch-hit a homer in the eighth inning of yesterday’s contest, would have hit five consecutive blasts, if his first inning fly ball, which was caught against the right field fence, had gone out.