18 players in MLB history have hit 4 home runs in a game. Today is the anniversary of #17 on the list below:
- May 30, 1894. Bobby Lowe for the Boston Beaneaters vs the Cincinnati Reds at the Congress St Grounds in Boston. We know the Beaneaters as the Atlanta Braves.
- July 13, 1896. Ed Delahanty for the Philadelphia Phillies against the Chicago Cubs at the West Side Grounds In Chicago.
- June 3, 1932. Lou Gehrig for the Yankees against the Philadelphia A’s at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. He went 4-6 that day—his 6th at bat, in the 9th, was in deep center. Shibe was a very large ballpark, the ball went well over 400 ft and would have been a homer in most stadiums. Instead of a record 5th homer, it was an out thanks to a running, leaping catch by Al Simmons.
- July 10, 1936. Chuck Klein for the Philadelphia Phillies versus the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field. The 4th one came in the 10th.
- Pat Seerey for the Chicago White Sox vs the A’s at Shibe Park. The 4th was the game winner, in the 11th. Shibe Park became the first ball field to host more than one 4-homer game.
- Aug 31, 1950. Gil Hodges for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.
- July 31, 1954. Joe Adcock for the Milwaukee Braves against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. The relocated Braves returned the favor from 1950.
- June 10, 1959. Rocky Colavito of the Cleveland Indians against the Baltimore Orioles at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. He also drew a walk and scored, thus crossing the plate on all 5 plate appearances.
- April 30, 1961. Willie Mays for the San Francisco Giants against the Braves at County Stadium in Milwaukee. He went 4-5 and was on deck when the top of the 9th ended.
- April 17, 1976. Mike Schmidt for the Philadelphia Phillies against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. He went 5-6. His first homer wasn’t until the 5th inning; number 4 was in the 10th, making him one of 3 to use extra innings to accomplish the feat.
- July 6, 1986. Bob Horner of the Atlanta Braves versus the Montreal Expos at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. Every iteration of the Braves has been involved in one of these games.
- Sept 7, 1993. Mark Whiten of the St Louis Cardinals against the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium. He had a grand slam, two 3-run homers, and a 2-run homer for a total of 12 RBI, which also tied a MLB record.
- May 2, 2002. Mike Cameron for the Mariners against the Chicago White Sox at US Celllular Field, which I still call “New Comiskey.” All we’re solo shots, and two were in the first.
- May 23, 2002. Shawn Green of the LA Dodgers against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. He went 6-6 and scored on every at bat.
- Sept 25, 2003. Carlos Delgado of the Toronto Blue Jays against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Rays appear in the article. Yay?
- Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers versus the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. He went 5-5; the other hit was a double for 18 total bases.
- Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds against the St Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park. The Reds had been on the receiving end of these but never had one of their own. Gennett went 5-5. He had a solo homer, two 2-run homers, and a grand slam. If there had been one more base runner, he could have had a “homer cycle.” As it is, that day doulbled his RBI for the season to that date and increased his homer total from 3 to 7.
- Sept 4, 2017. JD Martinez of the Arizona Diamondbacks against the LA Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The most recent accomplishment of the feat was at a pitchers’ park.
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BTW #14 Shawn Green, an LA Dodger, appears in the unforgettable disaster film “The Core” (2003). Shawn’s bat drives a pitch into the sky, and as all eyes follow the ball, space shuttle Endeavour enters the scene overflying Dodger Stadium.
About the only thing about The Core I would call “unforgettable” is how awful it was. What it was mainly lacking was dialogue by Ed Wood Jr., which is about what it deserved.
“Unobtanium.” Is that like the agreement to get a season started somehow?
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