This Day in Dodger History -- May 23, 2002

On this date in 2002, Shawn Green pulled off the stuff of legends. The guy who didn't hit a home run in almost four weeks became the 14th player in Major League history to hit four home runs in one game. He set a Major League single-game record with 19 total bases. He went 6-for-6 with a double and single against the last-place Milwaukee Brewers. He drove in seven runs, scored six.

? ?Green set franchise single-game records for most home runs, most runs scored and most total bases. He tied club records with five extra-base hits and six total hits. One homer was a three-run shot, three were solos, the last one part of back-to-back-to-back blasts in the ninth inning.?

?His four home runs were only half the team's total, the eight homers in one game another franchise single-game record. Joining Green in the home-run trot were Brian Jordan, Hiram Bocachica, Adrian Beltre and Dave Hansen. Marquis Grissom had a ninth home run pulled back into the park by Milwaukee left fielder Geoff Jenkins. ?

?Green entered the series hitting .231 with three home runs, 21 RBI and led the league grounding into 12 double-plays. In these three games, he went 9-for-14 with six homers and 10 RBIs. Eight of his hits went for extra bases. In six career games at Miller Park, he is 13-for-24 with nine home runs.?

?He hit home runs off Glendon Rusch in the second inning, two off Brian Mallette in the fourth and fifth innings, then needed Chad Kreuter to double and Beltre to homer in the top of the ninth so he'd get a second shot at No. 4 after singling in the eighth inning. He also hit two in Tuesday's disappointing loss, the Dodgers missing a series sweep because they blew a 5-0 lead.?

?Green said he homered Thursday on three fastballs and a slider. At no time did Brewers pitchers brush back a Dodger hitter, especially surprising Green.?

?"If I had gotten drilled, I'd still be the happiest guy in Milwaukee," said Green. "I was looking for a pitch up in the zone, something to drive and got it."

May 23, 1893-- A fire at Washington Park in Brooklyn caused $18,000 in damages but repairs are made and the club is back playing in the park by Decoration Day.

MAY 23, 1895-- The Dodgers pick up a victory by forfeit when Louisville runs out of its supply of baseballs and cancels the scheduled National League home game.

May 23, 1901-- Brooklyn decided to go with just five pitchers, Bill "Brickyard" Kennedy, James "Doc" McJames, William "Wild Bill" Donovan, Frank Kitson and Jay Hughes.

May 23, 1920-- Jeff Pfeffer lost a tough, 1-0 game to Pittsburgh on a hit-batsman and a double in the ninth. Jimmy Johnston tripled with one out in the ninth but was left stranded. Manager Wilbert Robinson was down with tonsillitis and a 101 fever, and outfielder Zach Wheat was acting manager.

May 23, 1930-- Watty Clark pitched the Dodgers into a first place tie with St. Louis, winning 6-3 win at Boston. Captain Glenn Wright drove in the winning run.

May 23, 1934-- The second-division Dodgers beat first-place St. Louis behind the pitching of Ray Benge. Hack Wilson, who is pressed into action as a catcher now and then, knocks in the winning run.

May 23, 1943-- With World War II draining players out of the major leagues each day, the Dodgers win two from Cincinnati with Ed Head and Whitlow Wyatt earning the wins before a whopping 37,176 fans who jammed into Ebbets Field with a listed seating capacity of 34,000.

May 23, 1946-- Dixie Walker and the Cubs Len Merullo have a fight around the batting cage and with no umpires in sight, the battle goes on until both participants are completely winded. The Dodgers and Cubs had battled the day before, winning 2-1 in 13 inning, with Cub pitcher Claude Passeau ripping manager Leo Durocher's jersey nearly off. Today the Dodgers are much more economical, winning 2-1 in 11 innings on Pee Wee Reese's sacrifice fly.

May 23, 1951-- Brooklyn pounds Pittsburgh 11-4 as Don Newcombe wins his fourth game. Pee Wee Reese (17 games) and Cal Abrams (14) extend their hitting streaks helped by Gil Hodges 14th home run and Billy Cox's fourth, a grand slam.

May 23, 1953-- After being benched for five days in a batting slump that started during the 1952 World Series, in which he want 0-for-21, Gil Hodges returns to action. The entire borough of Brooklyn is pulling for the big first baseman and one church told his congregation, "It's too hot for a sermon today; go home and pray for Gil Hodges." It worked and he finished the season hitting .302 with 31 home runs and 122 runs batted in.

May 23, 1954-- Ben Wade beats Philadelphia 5-1 as Roy Campanella slugs a pair of homers, the second a grand slam and his 100th career home run.

MAY 23, 1960-- Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax fires a one-hitter in a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. It is the first of his two one-hitters during his Los Angeles career. Tommy Davis single home Norm Larker, who had doubled in the sixth inning, for the only run Koufax would need.

MAY 23, 1981-- Third baseman Ron Cey reaches a milestone when he smacks his 200th career home run in the Dodgers' 9-6, 10-inning victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium. Cey, who already had become the all-time Los Angeles Dodger leader in home runs, smacks a two-run blast in the sixth inning. He also keys the Dodgers' 10-inning rally when he singles and scores. The man known as "The Penguin" because of his short and stocky build, enjoyed a tremendous career with the Dodgers. He played in Los Angeles from 1971-82 and hit 228 home runs, more than any other player in L.A. history.

Cey hit 18 or more home runs in eight of his 12 seasons with the Dodgers and at least 23 in six campaigns. He hit a career-high 30 home runs in 1977, joining teammates Reggie Smith, Steve Garvey and Dusty Baker to become the first foursome in baseball history to hit 30 or more home runs in the same season. Cey ranks among the all-time Los Angeles leaders in nine categories: games, at-bats, runs, hits, RBI, doubles, total bases, extra-base hits and home runs. After his Dodger career, Cey played four seasons with the Chicago Cubs from 1983-86 and retired after one season with the Oakland Athletics in 1987.

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