MLB Players Who Hit 4 Home Runs in One Game
One of the rarest feats in the history of baseball is a player hitting four home runs in one game. So infrequently has this happened that only 18 players, which include a mix of stars and the not so famous, have accomplished the feat in a century and a half of play. Let’s take a look at these sluggers who each once had a very, very good day.
Bobby Lowe, 1894: An excellent second baseman, he blasted his four homers in the second game of a double header against the Cincinnati Reds. After the fourth blast, the crowd of 8,500 showered the field with coins in appreciation. Lowe’s teammates helped him collect what was later determined to be about $160.
Ed Delahanty, 1896: One of the bester hitters of early baseball, the future Hall of Famer had a career .346 batting average. In his landmark game, he hit two inside the park and two over the fence home runs against the Chicago Colts. Unbelievably, it wasn’t enough, as his Philadelphia Phillies lost the game 9–8. Sadly, Delahanty passed away just seven years later in 1903 when he was kicked off a train for being intoxicated and was swept over Niagara Falls as he stumbled through the dark .
Lou Gehrig, 1932: Often overshadowed by famous long-time teammate Babe Ruth, Gehrig was still one of the best two or three players in baseball for most of his career. Unbelievably, he was nearly overshadowed in his four-home run game against the Philadelphia Athletics. The first baseman’s New York Yankees won the game 20–13, but the game featured a homer by Ruth and Tony Lazzeri hitting for the cycle. Gehrig nearly had a fifth long ball, but a long fly he hit in the ninth inning was caught by the fence in center field, approximately 460 feet from home plate.
Chuck Klein, 1936: Another future Hall of Famer, he joined the Phillies for his second stint with the club while in the latter half of his career. His fourth homer came in the 10th inning to help beat the Pittsburgh Pirates. Earlier in the game, he came close to a fifth, but a deep smash was hauled in by outfielder Paul Waner.
Pat Seerey, 1948: Perhaps the least known of all the members of this club, Seerey was a power hitter, who whiffed too much, leading the American League in strikeouts in all four MLB seasons in which he played 100 or more games. His fourth home run of his special game was a game-winner, as his Chicago White sox dispatched the Athletics at Shibe Park.
Gil Hodges, 1950: The longtime favorite of the Brooklyn (and later Los Angeles) Dodgers hit 30 or more home runs in a season six times. On his day of distinction, he also collected a single and drove in nine runs, as the Dodgers demolished the Boston Braves 19–3 at Ebbetts Field.
Joe Adcock, 1954: The intimidating slugger had one of the most devastating of all the four-home run games. His Milwaukee Braves beat the Dodgers 15–7. He chipped in a double (which hit off the top of the wall) and seven RBIs to go along with his long balls. His 18 total bases in the game stood as an MLB record for nearly 50 years before another player on this list set a new high mark.
Rocky Colavito, 1959: With arms so muscular he sometimes played in cutoff sleeves, Colavito led the American League with 42 home runs in 1959 for the Cleveland Indians. Four of them came in an 11–8 victory against the Baltimore Orioles. Coming into the game, he had scuffled with three hits in his previous 28 at-bats, prompting a local reporter to ask him before first pitch, “when are you going to come out of this slump?” It appears he let his bat do the talking.
Willie Mays, 1961: The Say Hey Kid’s four home runs and eight RBIs were more than enough to help his San Francisco Giants beat the Braves 14–4. He lost a chance at a potential fifth home run when he was left in the on-deck circle after teammate Jim Davenport grounded out to second for their final out. Hank Aaron hit two home runs of his own in the losing cause.
Mike Schmidt, 1976: The Phillies’ third baseman led the National League that year with 40 blasts. All four of his homers in a 10-inning win against the Chicago Cubs came in the fifth inning or later, including the clincher in extras off pitcher Paul Reuschel. He finished with five hits and eight RBIs.
Bob Horner, 1986: The stout first baseman played on some terrible Atlanta Braves teams but was a dependable slugger for them for nearly a decade. Despite his four home runs and six RBIs, his team still fell to the Montreal Expos 11–8 on July 6th.
Mark Whiten, 1993: The switch hitter had a relatively unremarkable career, hitting .259 with 105 home runs in 11 seasons. Playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, he hit his four long balls to go along with 12 RBIs in hammering the Reds 15–2. All four came from the left side of the plate.
Mike Cameron, 2002: The four-tool outfielder (He couldn’t hit much- .249 for his career) launched 278 home runs in 17 big-league seasons. His four-homer game came while a member of the Seattle Mariners, as he hit four solo shots in the first five innings of a 15–4 drubbing of the Chicago White Sox. Amazingly, he received two more chances in the game to go deep, but was hit by a pitch and lined out.
Shawn Green, 2002: Just three weeks after Cameron’s feat, Green went off on a historical level. Playing for the Dodgers, he was six-for-six with four homers, a double, a single and seven RBIs in a 16–3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. His 19 total bases set the MLB single-game record, which still stands to this day.
Carlos Delgado, 2003: The left-handed hitter is one of the best sluggers in baseball history, boasting 473 career home runs. While playing with the Toronto Blue Jays, his four long balls and six RBIs were the different in a 10–8 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. They were all prodigious shots and totaled 1,645 feet between them.
Josh Hamilton, 2012: A former first-overall draft choice, the left-handed hitter sandwiched nine solid seasons in the majors between substance abuse issues. Playing for the Texas Rangers, he hit his four dingers to go along with a double and eight RBIs in a 10–3 win over the Orioles. Reliever Darren O’Day, who gave up the fourth homer, later called it “the worst pitch of my career,” lamenting a sinker over the heart of the plate.
Scooter Gennett, 2017: After four seasons as an underwhelming regular with the Brewers, the switch hitter had his breakout season in 2017 with the Reds. In addition to four homers, he added a single and 10 RBIs in helping his team beat the Cardinals.
J.D. Martinez, 2017: After joining the Arizona Diamondbacks in a mid-season trade in 2017, he went on to hit 29 home runs in 62 games with his new team. In a late-season contest against the Dodgers, he went deep four times and drove in six runs in a 13–1 win.