Some days, a player just feels like they are on - only eighteen players in Major League history have been this "on" during a ballgame! Each of these sluggers did what seemed impossible, they hit four home runs in one game. Yes, FOUR!
Surprisingly, only one New York Yankee (Lou Gehrig) and no Boston Red Sox (Boston's Bobby Lowe was a Beaneater) has reached this pinnacle. Philadelphia has seen the feat three times over eighty years, and 2002 was the first year it has been achieved twice during the same season.
Some Four Home Runs in A Game Trivia:
Both Ed Delahanty (Philadelphia) and Bob Horner (Atlanta) did not even see their team win with their effort.
The American League went forty-three years without a batter hitting four home runs in a game (from 1959 to 2002).
Five-of-the-seventeen men to hit four home runs in a game are in the Hall of Fame (Lou Gehrig, Ed Delahanty, Willie Mays, Chuck Klein, and Mike Schmidt).
The RBIs received during a four homer game range from four (Cameron) to twelve (Whiten).
Every team needs a leader. These players proved to be the leaders of their teams, in a particularly difficult-even fabulous-way.
"It was just one of those days. If I could compare it to anything, it was like MJ (Michael Jordan) when he hit the six three's against Portland and he just shrugged his shoulders. That's what I told guys on the bench, I don't know. I'm just putting a good swing on the ball." - Seattle Mariners Center Fielder Mike Cameron on MLB.com (Bill Chuck, Baseball high-fives for Cinco de Mayo , 05/05/2010)
American League Players Who Hit Four Home Runs in a Game / In Chronological Order
National League Players Who Hit Four Home Runs in a Game / In Chronological Order
Chuck Klein , Pat Seerey and Mike Schmidt each needed extra innings to get four home runs. The remaining players all did it during a nine inning game! One player, and only one player, hit all four home runs in four plate appearances - who was it? [ Answer ]
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