Monday, May 14, 2012

May 14

1977 Hostess #16 - Jim Spencer

On this day in 1977, Jim Spencer became a one man wrecking crew and hit two home runs and eight RBI against the Cleveland Indians.

The game was odd from the beginning. In a cross promotion with McDonald's for their Egg McMuffin sandwich, the game started at 10:30 in the morning. Jim went 3 for 3 with two home runs, including a grand slam. He tied the franchise record for RBI in a single game, set originally by Carl Reynolds on July 2, 1930. The mark has had such diverse company as Tommy McCraw and Robin Ventura. What makes Spencer's feat so remarkable is that he matched it on July 2, 1977 against the Minnesota Twins.

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