This day in baseball: Twenty-one hits

On July 30, 1917, the Tigers collected twenty-one hits en route to a 16-4 rout of Washington.  Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, and Ossie Vitt, who were batting second, third, and fourth in the order, respectively, each came up with a 5-for-5 day at the plate.

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Bobby Veach (Wikipedia)


This day in baseball

For the first time in baseball history, two players hit for the cycle on the same day on September 17, 1920.  Tigers’ outfielder Bobby Veach went 6-for-6 that day, while first baseman George Burns also accomplished the difficult feat to lead the Giants to a 4-3 victory in ten innings.  It would not be until 2008 that two players would hit for the cycle on the same day again.

Bobby Veach (Wikimedia Commons)