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Today in Baseball History
May 9, 2000

A Bench-mark performance


Johnny Bench was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989 -- his first year on the ballot.

On this date in 1973, Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds slugged three home runs and had seven RBI in a 9-7 defeat of Steve Carlton and the Phillies. It was the second time Bench had hit three home runs in a game against Carlton; the first came on July 26, 1970.

Also on this date:
1901 -- Earl Moore of the Cleveland Indians pitched nine hitless innings against the Chicago White Sox before giving up two hits in the 10th in a 4-2 loss.

1929 -- Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants pitched a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the first by a left-hander in the Majors in 13 seasons.

1937 -- Ernie Lombardi of the Cincinnati Reds went 6-for-6 in a 21-10 rout of the Phillies in Philadelphia.

1961 -- Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles hit consecutive grand slams in the first and second innings of a 13-5 rout of Minnesota.

1984 -- The Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers battled for eight hours and six minutes in the longest game ever. After playing 17 innings the previous day, the teams met again before playing a regularly scheduled game, making the total 34 innings for two days. Harold Baines hit a home run off Chuck Porter with one out in the bottom of the 25th for a 7-6 victory. Tom Seaver won both games for the White Sox.

1987 -- Baltimore's Eddie Murray became the first Major Leaguer to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in consecutive games as the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 15-6 at Comiskey Park.

Today's Birthdays: Tony Gwynn 40.