May 17

Game Five of Howard’s Home Run Streak

During a six game stretch from May 12, 1968 to May 18, 1968 the 6’7″ tall and 270lbs, Frank Howard punished the opposing pitchers by hitting a Major League-record 10 home runs in a span of 25 at bats.

Frank Howard continues his home run streak as he hits eighth home run in five games. Howard hit a two run homer in the top of the ninth inning off of Joe Sparma.

Five games stats

At Bats / 20

Runs / 8

Hits / 10

RBI’s / 13

BB / 1

SO / 3

Detroit Tigers 7, Washington Senators 3

Day

Game Played on Friday, May 17, 1968 (N) at Tiger Stadium

WAS A    0  0  0    0  0  0    1  0  2  -   3  3  1
DET A    2  0  0    0  0  0    0  0  5  -   7 10  0
BATTING
Washington Senators          AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Unser cf                      4   1   1   0       0   0       5   0
Valentine rf                  4   0   0   0       0   0       2   0
F. Howard 1b                  4   1   1   2       0   1       7   2
McMullen 3b                   4   1   1   1       0   1       1   1
Hansen ss                     4   0   0   0       0   0       1   3
Stroud lf                     3   0   0   0       0   1       1   0
Casanova c                    3   0   0   0       0   2       5   0
Coggins 2b                    2   0   0   0       1   0       3   4
Coleman p                     0   0   0   0       1   0       0   0
  Knowles p                   0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Epstein ph                  1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Baldwin p                   0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Jones p                     0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Totals                       29   3   3   3       2   5      25  10
FIELDING - 
E: Jones (1).
BATTING - 
HR: McMullen (7,7th inning off Sparma 0 on 1 out); F. Howard (15,9th inning
off Sparma 1 on 1 out).
SH: Coleman (2,off Sparma).
Team LOB: 2.
Detroit Tigers               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
McAuliffe 2b                  4   2   1   0       1   1       1   1
Northrup cf                   5   2   3   4       0   0       1   0
Kaline rf                     4   0   1   1       0   1       3   0
Freehan c                     3   0   1   1       0   0       8   1
Horton lf                     4   0   0   0       0   1       0   0
Cash 1b                       3   0   2   0       1   1      12   1
  Tracewski pr                0   1   0   0       0   0       0   0
Wert 3b                       3   0   1   0       0   0       0   5
Oyler ss                      2   0   0   0       0   0       0   3
  Mathews ph                  0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Stanley ph                  1   1   0   0       0   0       0   0
Sparma p                      3   0   0   0       0   1       2   1
  Price ph                    1   1   1   1       0   0       0   0
Totals                       33   7  10   7       2   5      27  12
BATTING - 
2B: Kaline (6,off Coleman); Northrup (4,off Coleman).
HR: Northrup (6,9th inning off Jones 3 on 1 out).
SH: Oyler (3,off Coleman); Wert (5,off Baldwin).
SF: Freehan (1,off Coleman).
IBB: Cash (1,by Coleman).
Team LOB: 6.
PITCHING
Washington Senators          IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Coleman                       6.2   6   2   2   1   4   0  27
Knowles                       0.1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
Baldwin                       1.1   2   1   1   0   1   0   6
Jones L(0-1)                  0     2   4   3   1   0   1   4
Totals                        8.1  10   7   6   2   5   1  38
IBB: Coleman (2,Cash).
Detroit Tigers               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Sparma W(3-3)                 9     3   3   3   2   5   2  32
Umpires: HP - Red Flaherty, 1B - Bob Stewart, 2B - Lou DiMuro, 3B - Marty Springstead
Time of Game: 2:30   Attendance: 18168
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  • Will McDonald

    It is sad looking at those attendance figures and small amount of people watching history being made.