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Edward Delahanty, 4 Home Runs in One Baseball Game to Tragic Death at Niagara Falls

Updated: Jul 29, 2022

On this week’s show, we’re going to introduce you to Cleveland, Ohio native “Big Ed” – Edward Delahanty who was the 2nd person in major league history to ever hit four home runs in a single game which happened on July 13, 1896 just over two years after his predecessor Bobby Lowe first made history.

Delahanty was a superb player, playing primarily Left Field, and had a lifetime batting average of .346. He was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945. And while our show today will touch upon his great career, we’re focusing more on his untimely death in 1903. A death that involved him being kicked off of a train for being unruly in or near Bridgeburg and Fort Erie in Ontario Canada just before crossing the International Railway Bridge to the U.S. in route to New York City.

There is still much speculation as to what exactly transpired but what we know for sure is that Delahanty fell off that bridge and his body was found at the bottom of Niagara Falls a week later. And today, we’re in Buffalo, NY on the American side of that very bridge that he fell off of in 1903. So, join us as we take a look at “Big Ed’s” career and very unusual death – Right here on History and Relics.


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