Babe breaks through with three homers
Oct. 6, 1926
The Cardinals have controlled Babe Ruth in the first three games of the World Series, holding him to two hits in 10 at-bats. But in today's Game 4 in Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, the Babe adds to his legend by exploding for three homers, the first player to accomplish this feat in a Series game.
The first two pitches to him by Cardinals right-hander Flint Rhem result in two solo homers. The first is a high fly down the right-field line that lands fair by about two feet. In the third inning, he lashes a long, high and hard drive over the bleacher roof in right-center.
Ruth walks in the Yankees' four-run fifth, but in the sixth, he puts the finishing touch on his spectacular show. On a full count, he says hello to right-hander Hi Bell by belting a two-run homer into the center-field bleachers over a 20-foot wall that is 430 feet away.
Ruth, who will walk in his final plate appearance, goes 3-for-3 and sets a Series record with four runs scored in the Yankees' 10-5 victory that ties the competition at two games apiece.
"It just wasn't in the cards that I miss all the time," the Babe says with a smile. "I just had to start hitting. I guess I had a pretty fair day, didn't I? I can't think of anything that has been more welcome to me than that hitting today."