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By On This Day in NYC's History

LOU GEHRIG HIT A GRAND SLAM

On July 23rd, 1925: Baseball legend Lou Gehrig hit his first of 23 career grand slams. For those of you non-sports types, a grand slam occurs when a batter hits a home run when all three of the bases are occupied, thereby earning four runs at once. Gehrig’s first grand slam came early in his career with the Yankees, foreshadowing the 22 other ones he would hit, the most of any MLB player.

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GOOD-BYE SWEET PRINCE

On July 23rd, 1995: Hamlet closed at the Belasco Theater on Broadway after 121 performances. The production had been brought over from London by the well-respected Almeida Theater Company. Ralph Fiennes (of The English Patient and Harry Potter fame) played Hamlet to great acclaim and the production was generally considered to be a success.

BORN ON THIS DAY: KARL SWENSON

On July 23rd, 1908: Actor Karl Swenson was born in Brooklyn. Swenson had a long and varied career on both the stage and screen. In the ‘30s and ‘40s, he had success acting both on Broadway and also on the radio in a variety of roles. Following his debut on the silver screen in two wartime shorts in 1943, Swenson went on to play more than 35 roles in film and television. He is perhaps best remembered for playing the beloved Lars Hanson on the long-running TV show Little House on the Prairie.

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