Originally posted on The Hardball Times  |  Last updated 10/4/11
25 years ago, something happened in baseball that hasn’t happened since. On Oct. 4, 1986, in the penultimate game of the season, Twins shortstop Greg Gagne belted two inside-the-park home runs in one game. The No. 8 hitter in the order did it in back-to-back plate appearances in the second and fourth innings. He drove in four runs on the pair of homers—a solo shot, and a three-run race around the bases—to provide the difference in Minnesota’s 7-3 over the White Sox. That victory was just the 11th major league win for the new Twins manager, a 35-year-old Tom Kelly. Gagne would have 5,337 more plate appearances in his career, but leg out just one more inside-the-park home run. It was just his day for it, apparently. It was such a rare occasion that few of the 28,136 fans on hand in the Metrodome could recall seeing anything like this before, but some assuredly could remember. In fact, the last time anyone achieved this trick it had occurred up there in Minnesota, in another ...
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