Today in Texas History – May 8

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From the Annals of the Sluggers –  In 2012, outfielder Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers hit four home runs in a game against the Baltimore Orioles.  Hamilton became the 16th major league baseball player to hit four home runs in one game. He also had 18 total bases which set an American League record.

Hamilton’s troubles with drug and alcohol addiction are well-known by baseball fans.  After being drafted No. 1 overall out of high school in 1999 by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Hamilton’s addiction problems kept him out of the major leagues until he debuted with the Cincinnati Reds in 2007 at the age of 26.  Hamilton’s on-field performance over the next seven seasons was impressive.  He was named to four All-Star teams and was the AL MVP in 2010 when he led the league in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base plus slugging.  He had a couple of relatively minor relapses with alcohol in later years, but it is injuries that have kept him off the field since the 2015 season.  At age 36, it seems doubtful that JH will ever return to baseball.

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