THIS DAY IN NY SPORTS HISTORY
Thursday, May 20, 1999
Ventura hits 2 slams in twinbill
In the Mets' doubleheader sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers at Shea Stadium, Robin Ventura became the first player in major league history to hit a grand slam in both games. In the first inning of Game 1, Ventura took Jim Abbott deep with John Olerud, Mike Piazza and Edgardo Alfonzo on base. The Mets went on to win, 11-10. In the second game, a 10-1 Mets win, Ventura hit a fourth-inning bomb off Horacio Estrada after Roger Cedeno, Alfonzo and Olerud had loaded the bases. The third baseman had arguably his best season in '99, batting .301 with 32 homers and a career-high 120 RBIs. He had 18 career grand slams and, in 1995, as a member of the White Sox, he hit a pair of grand slams in a game against the Rangers.