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Hall-of-Fame manager Sparky Anderson walked and scored on both of Ellis Burton's homers in 1961. (AP)
Wednesday, May 03, 1961
In a game at Toronto, the hometown Maple Leafs scored 10 times in the eighth inning to put the finishing touches on a 15-3 triumph.  Switch-hitting outfielder Ellis Burton etched his name in the IL record books by homering twice during the inning, once from each side of the plate.

His first long ball was a two-run blast hit left-handed.  Later in the inning he returned to the plate with the bases loaded and crushed a grand slam over the right-field fence from the right side of the plate.  Both blasts scored Burton's teammate and future Hall-of-Fame manager Sparky Anderson, who drew two walks in the inning.

Burton would go on to a short Major League career with the Cubs and Indians, remembered for twice more hitting homers from each side of the plate in a game, though he never again accomplished the feat in the same inning.