This Day in Dodger History - May 25, 1976

Seven Dodgers hit home runs, tying a club record, and Los Angeles cruises to a 17-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Dusty Baker, pitcher Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Garvey, Gary Thomasson, Joe Ferguson, Derrel Thomas and Davey Lopes each hit home runs as they tie a team record first set against the Chicago Cubs on May 5, 1976.

The Dodgers collect a total of 20 hits and come within two runs of tying the Los Angeles team record. In the first four innings alone the Dodgers piled up five home runs, 15 hits and 12 runs. Garvey, Thomasson and Ferguson hit their homers in the fourth inning. The game was marred by a bench-clearing brawl that interrupted play for about 15 minutes in the bottom of the eighth inning.

May 25, 1916-- Brooklyn ace lefty Nap Rucker lasts only 1/3 of an inning but the Dodgers score seven in the third to rescue him. The bullpen needed rescuing, too, as they lost 11-8.

May 25, 1920-- Leon Cadore may have had his Model-T double parked outside Forbes Field in Pittsburgh because he lost to the Pirates 2-0, taking only 68 minutes to pitch the complete game. Shortstop Ivy Olson's error and a ground ball that took a high hop over Chuck Ward playing first base provided the runs.

May 25, 1922-- Outfielder Jimmy Johnston hits for the cycle inn the opening game of a doubleheader. Outfielder Tommy Griffin nailed Philadelphia pitcher Bill Hubbell (no relation to Carl), in the face with a fastball, sending him to the hospital as the Dodgers won twice, 8-7 and 9-6.

May 25, 1926-- Rookie Babe Herman, a first baseman most of his minor league life, plays outfield in the Polo Grounds to allow captain Jack Fournier to play first. The Dodgers lose a pair, 5-1 and 8-5 despite Herman collecting a pair of doubles and throwing out runners at third and home in the second game.

May 25, 1929-- The Dodgers pull a triple play to help Clise Dudley beat the Phillies 5-3. Davey Bancroft, Harvey Hendrick and Eddie Moore handled the triple killing.

May 25, 1937-- Van Mungo pitches a complete game and knocks in the winning run in a 3-2 victory at Pittsburgh.

May 25, 1941-- Outfielder Pete Reiser hits the only grand slam of his career, and inside-the-park shot, lifting the Brooklyn Dodgers to an 8-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Ebbets Field. The home run came off Ike Pearson, who had hit him in the face April 23 and had put him in the hospital. Four days later he talked the doctor into releasing him and he was back in the lineup. Whitlow Wyatt started the game but Bill Swift won in relief to go 2-0.

May 25, 1942-- Dolph Camilli was presented his "Most Valuable Player" award by The Sporting News before the game and the Dodgers announced that veteran pitcher Freddy Fitzsimmons had been released and made a coach. Curt "Coon skin" Davis won the game that followed, beating Philadelphia in 88 minutes.

May 25, 1950-- Outfielder "Shotgun" Shuba smacks his third homer of the season to drive in the winning run in a 5-4 win over Chicago in Ebbets Field. Preacher Roe pitched a complete game win, his fourth of the year.

May 25, 1951-- Preacher Roe seems to like the date, winning 4-3 over Boston and knocking in the winning run while Roy Campanella provides his third homer.

May 25, 1953-- Dodger nemesis Sal Maglie dusts outfielder Carl Furillo, dropping him in the dust at home plate. Furillo slings hit bat at him and charges the mound in just another ho-hum Dodger-Giant game. The New Yorkers won a 7-5 decision, beating relief pitcher Joe Black.

May 25, 1957-- The Giants win an 8-7 game, handing reliever Don Drysdale his first loss of the season after three wins. Gino Cimoli homered for Brooklyn.

May 25, 1962-- Joe Moeller beat the Mets 17-8 as both Maury Wills and Tommy Davis bang out four hits and second baseman Larry Burright hit an inside-the-park home run.

May 25, 1966-- Don Drysdale beat the Phillies 2-1 but they trailed 1-0 into the last of the ninth. Willie Davis' speed allowed him to live on an error, "Sweet Lou" Johnson singled and Ron Fairly drew a walk. Then first baseman Wes Parker lined a two-run single for the win.

May 25, 1971-- Shortstop Maury Wills collects his 2,000th hit but the Giants score twice in the ninth to win 6-4.

May 25, 1974-- Los Angeles scored six times in the first inning with Bill Russell clouting a three-run homer, Steve Garvey adding a solo shot and Rick Auerbach hitting his only home run of the season. Tommy John improved to 7-1 with a 9-6 win in San Francisco.

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