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Pirates Tip Reds on Kiner's 54th Homer Pirates Tip Reds on Kiner's 54th Homer

Pittsburgh Wins Night Game by 3-2 as Chesnes Holds Cincinnati to just 4 Hits

September 30, 1949 Newspaper Clipping (AP)

Pittsburgh - Ralph Kiner walloped his 54th home run of the season tonight and set a few more records as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2, before 9,416 fans. Bob Chesnes allowed only four hits, two of them in the ninth when the Reds scored both their runs.

Kiner's long drive, which cleared the scoreboard clock in left field, set a new National League record for the most home runs hit by a player in a month. The old mark of fifteen was set by Fred (Cy) Williams of Philadelphia in May, 1923. The American League mark of eighteen belongs to Rudy York of Detroit. He turned the trick in August, 1937.


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