This Day in Dodger History - May 30

Maury Wills becomes he seventh player in MLB history to hit home runs from each side of the plate in one game -- left-handed in the fifth inning and right-handed in the ninth. The Dodgers sweep the Mets 13-6 and 6-5 in New York in front of 55,794 mostly-Brooklyn fans. Koufax wins his seventh against a pair of losses, boosted by a 19-hit Dodger attack. Willie Davis and Ron Fairly also belt a homer.

In the second game, the newly-born Mets "truns" (as they say in Brooklyn) a triple play on a Davis liner as Brooklyn hero Johnny Podres starts and Larry Sherry gets the win. Davis makes up for it with a game-winning homer. Frank Howard and Fairly add home runs.

Other Dodgers who have hit one from each side in the same game include Jim Russell, 1950; Jim Lefebvre and Wes Parker, 1966; Eddie Murray (twice) 1990; Jose Cruz, 2005 and Milton Bradley, 2005 and 2006.

May 30, 1890-- The Bridegrooms lost two games to Chicago, 6-4 and 11-7, with Adonis Terry and Bob Caruthers taking the losses. The two games drew a crowd of 7,504 fans, down from 30,000 the year before, because of the Player's League Brooklyn "Wards Wonders' competing with them.

May 30, 1893-- William "Brickyard" Kennedy is the fisrt major leaguer to pitch and win two complete games in one day under the new pitching distance that was just increased to 60'6". He beat Louisville 3-0 and 6-2 in a morning-afternoon holiday doubleheader at Washington Park. Former Dodger George Pinckney gets the only two hits off him in the opener and he works a five-hitter in the afternoon.

May 30, 1913-- "Sherry" Smith and "Wheezer" Dell (don't you love those names?) earn a sweep from Boston, 1-0 and 3-2. Outfielder "Hi" Myers singled home the winning run in the first game and an error by Boston shortstop Rabbit Maranville cost Boston the second.

May 30, 1921-- In Boston, the Braves win a pair from Brooklyn, 9-3 in the first game and 6-5 in the 16-inning second game. Leon Cadore pitches 14.2 innings in relief before losing in the nightcap.

May 30, 1926-- Babe Herman delights the fans when he stretches a "Texas League" single into a double, then scores from second on an infield tap to second base as the Dodgers top the Braves 8-2.

May 30, 1928-- Brooklyn loses two to Boston, 9-1 as errors -- three by Harvey Hendrick, allow seven unearned runs and tags "Spittin' Bill" Doak with the loss.

May 30, 1928-- "King" Carl Hubbell loses to Brooklyn in the first game of two in the Polo Grounds before 60,000 fans, most of them from Brooklyn. Del Bissonett slugs a three-run homer in the 10th for the winning margin. The Dodgers go on to thump the 'Jints 18-8 with Gordon Slade providing the winning margin with a Grand Slam.

May 30, 1937-- Hubbell's 24-game winning streak is broken when the Dodgers bang out a 10-3 win as Fred Frankhouse earns the win. Brooklyn fans are so delighted they ignore a 5-4 loss in the second game.

May 30, 1940-- Hubbell, getting a little revenge, uses only 81 pitches and faces just 27 Brooklyn batters as he one-hits the Dodgers 7-0 at Ebbets Field. In the second inning Johnny Hudson gets the only Dodger hit but he is thrown out stealing. A full house sees the Dodgers lose the second game 12-5.

May 30, 1942-- Ebbets Field packs them in for a doubleheader against the Giants, setting a new park record of 41,209 in a park that has an official capacity of 32,111. Dixie Walker slams an inside-the-park homer to provide the winning margin in the first game as they split the two games.

May 30, 1949-- The Jackie Robinson-Leo Durocher feud continues to simmer when Leo gives Jackie the "big head" gesture after Robinson had stolen second after time was called. Robinson gets the last laugh with a 13th inning homer as the Dodgers win 2-1. NY takes the second game 7-4.

May 30, 1950-- The Dodgers stop the Phillies 7-6 in the morning game as Preacher Roe wins a rare game in relief. In the second game, Duke Snider homers three times and Brooklyn wins 6-4 to make it a sweep.

May 30, 1952-- Clem Labine celebrates the birth of twin daughters by winning 5-4 in relief of Preacher Roe and with the help of a Gil Hodges three-run homer. Johnny Schmidt gets a rare start in the second game but Carl Erskine wins this one in relief as Shotgun Shuba knocks in the winning run.

May 30, 1953-- Hodges hits his only inside-the-park homer in a Dodger uniform as Johnny Podres beats the Giants 5-3 for his fifth win. Robinson knocks in the winning run.

May 30, 1954-- Don Newcombe win his eighth game without a loss, beating the Giants 8-4 and smacks a pair of home run in the bargain. Roy Campanella's three-run homer in the second game helps Russ Meyer to an 8-3 victory.

May 30, 1956-- Sal "The Barber" Maglie, after a life-time of jousting with the Dodgers, makes his first start for Brooklyn after being picked up from Cleveland. Although Ed Roebuck would get this win in relief, Maglie would win 13 games, including a no-hitter, en route to the final pennant in Ebbets Field.

May 30, 1957-- In Brooklyn's last Memorial Day twin-bill the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh 4-3 behind Maglie as Don Zimmer knocks in the winning run. Sandy Koufax loses the nightcap 3-2.

May 30, 1965-- Koufax K's nine, lowers his ERA to 2.04 and moves into 12th place on the all-time strikeout chart with his 2,115th punch out. But Cincinnati overcomes a 1-0 Dodger lead with two walks and a single in the eighth to win 3-1. It was the Dodgers fifth straight complete game (two by Koufax) and was the first time that had happened since Maglie, Newcombe, Roger Craig, Erskine and Maglie again, had turned the trick.

May 30, 1976-- Ron Cey goes 5-for-8 as the Dodgers split a double header with the Cincinnati Reds.