Babe breaks through with three homers

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:28 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

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."