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Today In Brewer History: Horton Hammers Homers

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On this day in 1970 the Brewers-Tigers contest was over early, as Tigers left fielder Willie Horton hammered a grand slam in the first to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead. 

Horton, however, wasn't done. He hit a two run homer in the sixth to expand the Tigers' lead to 7-2, and drove in the final run with a solo shot in the eighth. The Tigers had just four extra base hits in the game, but Horton had three of them.

Horton's three home run game was the first one against the Brewers after their move to Milwaukee*, and it took 27 years for it to happen again:

Player Date Team HR
Willie Horton 6/9/1970 Tigers 3
Matt Wiliams 4/25/1997 Indians 3
Sammy Sosa 6/16/1998 Cubs 3
Vinny Castilla 6/5/1999 Rockies 3
Steve Finley 9/8/1999 Diamondbacks 3
Sammy Sosa 8/22/2001 Cubs 3
Shawn Green 5/23/2002 Dodgers 4

 

* - The Seattle Pilots allowed three home run games to Bill Melton and Reggie Jackson in 1969.

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