Each of these sluggers had a great day at the plate, they all hit three home runs in the same game!
Three Home Runs in A Game Trivia (more at bottom):
Babe Ruth was the first player to hit three home runs in game at least once both leagues, once with the New York Yankees in 1930, and once in the National League, with the Boston Braves in 1935.
Merv Connors had eight career home runs, the fewest career home runs by any player with a 3-homer game on their resume.
Stan Musial had his second career 3-homer game when he was 41 years 229 days old, the oldest player in Major League history with a 3-homer game.
Every Major League Baseball player who hit three home runs in a game appears below, sorted by league first, then by date second, as researched by Baseball Almanac. Important Note : Bold names are Hall of Fame players. Italicized names were rookies at that time (under the rules of the day).
"His ( Johnny Mize ) bat doesn't travel as far as anybody else's. He just cocks it and slaps, and when you're as big as he is, you can slap the ball into the seats. That short swing is wonderful." - New York Yankees Manager Casey Stengel in The 50 Greatest Players in St. Louis Cardinals History (Robert W. Cohen, Taylor Trade Publishing, Johnny Mize , 04/01/2015, Page 89)
A.L. Players With 3 Home Runs in a Game | Record Book
N.L. Players With 3 Home Runs in a Game | Record Book
One player in the American Association, which existed from 1882 through 1891, hit three home runs in the same game, on August 15, 1886, and it was a pitcher, for the Louisville Colonels. Do you know who was it? [ Answer ]
|Three Home Runs in a Playoff Game|
|1.||Babe Ruth||31.242||10-06-1926||New York||3||LF||WS||Game 4|
|2.||Babe Ruth||33.246||10-09-1928||New York||3||LF||WS||Game 4|
|3.||Bob Robertson||25.001||10-03-1971||Pittsburgh||3||1B||NLCS||Game 2|
|4.||Reggie Jackson||31.153||10-18-1977||New York||3||RF||WS||Game 6|
|5.||George Brett||25.144||10-06-1978||Kansas City||3||3B||ALCS||Game 3|
|6.||Adam Kennedy||26.276||10-13-2002||Anaheim||3||2B||ALCS||Game 5|
|7.||Adrian Beltre||32.180||10-04-2011||Texas||3||3B||ALDS||Game 4|
|8.||Albert Pujols||31.279||10-22-2011||St. Louis||3||1B||WS||Game 3|
|9.||Pablo Sandoval||26.074||10-24-2012||San Francisco||3||3B||WS||Game 1|
|10.||Jose Altuve||27.152||10-05-2017||Houston||3||2B||ALDS||Game 1|
|11.||Enrique Hernandez||26.056||10-19-2017||Los Angeles||3||LF||NLCS||Game 5|
Did you know that the youngest American League player with a 3-homer game is Al Kaline , who joined the club on April 17, 1955 , with the Detroit Tigers, when he was 20.119 years old? The National League record was set by Eddie Mathews , on September 27, 1952 , with the Boston Braves, when he was 20.350 years old.
Did you know that Bobby Estalella recorded his 3-homer game on September 4, 1997 and Aristides Aquino on August 10, 2019, both accomplishing the feat in their tenth career game, the fewest games ever needed to join the club?
His counterpart, none other than Reggie Jackson , who hit his two 3-homer games "only" 17 years and 78 days apart!
Did you know that two father and son duos made the list? Ken Griffey, Jr. made it happen first when he hit three homers on May 24, 1996, joining his dad ( Ken Griffey ) who had done it once during his career, in 1986. The second son was Prince Fielder , who homered three times on September 27, 2011, joining his dad, Cecil , who has done it three times in his career!
Did you know that Mark McGwire was the first, and through today, the only player to have 3-homer games multiple times in both leagues, twice in the American League, with the Oakland Athletics in 1987, and 1995, and three times in the National League, with the St. Louis Cardinals, in 1998 (2x), and 2000?