July 23, 1944#OnThisDay in @chicagocubs histo…

July 23, 1944

#OnThisDay in @chicagocubs history

During the nightcap of a doubleheader, the Cubs’ hard hitting right fielder Bill Nicholson is intentionally walked, with the bases loaded,

by @sfgiants (née New York Giants) player-manager Mel Ott during the eighth inning. Nicholson’s RBI sparks a three-run Cubs rally to tie the game, however the Giants would come back with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning to take the game 10-12.

After watching Nicholson hit four consecutive home runs from his last at-bat on July 22nd through the first game of the doubleheader, and watching another round tripper earlier in the nightcap, it is hard to blame Ott for IBB.

Nicholson became only the
fifth player, following Abner Dalrymple (1881), Napoleon Lajoie (1901), Del Bissonette (1928), and Mel Ott (1929) to receive an intentional pass with
the bases loaded (Barry Bonds joined the club in 1998 and Josh Hamilton
in 2008).

May 8, 2012 Josh Hamilton becomes the 16th major leaguer to hit…

May 8, 2012

Josh Hamilton becomes the 16th major leaguer to hit four home runs in one game when he blasts an 0-2 pitch over the Camden Yards centerfield fence in the eighth inning of the Rangers’ 10-3 victory over Baltimore. The Texas outfielder, who connected each time with a man on base, also hits a double to set the American League’s single-game record for total bases with 18, one shy of Shawn Green’s major league mark of 19 established in 2002 with the Dodgers.