List of Major League Baseball Single-game Home Run Leaders
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List of Major League Baseball Single-game Home Run Leaders
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Bobby Lowe was the first MLB player to hit four home runs in a single game, doing so in 1894.

Writers of Sporting News described hitting four home runs in a single Major League Baseball (MLB) game as "baseball's greatest single-game accomplishment".[1] Eighteen players have accomplished the feat to date, the most recent being Martinez with the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 4, 2017. No player has done this more than once in his career and no player has ever hit more than four in a game. No player has ever hit four home runs in a postseason game; that record is three, first accomplished by Babe Ruth in of the 1926 World Series.[2]

Bobby Lowe was the first to hit four home runs in a single game, doing so on May 30, 1894.[3] Fans were reportedly so excited that they threw $160 in silver coins ($4,800 today) onto the field after his fourth home run.[1][4] Of all players to achieve the feat, Lowe hit the fewest career home runs, with a total of 71. Two years after Lowe's feat, Ed Delahanty of the Philadelphia Phillies became the second player to hit four home runs in a game. Two other Phillies players have achieved the feat, Chuck Klein in 1932 and Mike Schmidt in 1976.[5] Two other current franchises, the Atlanta Braves (with 3) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (with 2), have had multiple four-homer games in their history and share the distinction of having one four-homer game in each city they have called home (for the Braves, Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta; for the Dodgers, Brooklyn and Los Angeles). Five current franchises -- the Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and Oakland Athletics -- share the record of having surrendered two four-homer games over their histories. Thirteen of the 30 franchises (as of 2021) have achieved at least one four-homer game, and 12 franchises have surrendered at least one. Eleven have never been involved in a four-homer game at all, although only three of these (Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins) have existences dating to before the 1960s expansion era.

Despite Delahanty's achievement on July 13, 1896, the Phillies lost to the Chicago Colts, one of only two occasions when a player hit four home runs but finished on the losing team.[5] The other such occasion took place in 1986, when Bob Horner struck four home runs for the Braves but the Montreal Expos emerged victorious.[5] Following Delahanty's four-home run game in 1896, no other player would accomplish the feat for nearly 36 years, the longest gap between such occurrences.[5] The shortest interval took place in 2002,[5] when Mike Cameron hit his four on May 2, 2002,[6] and Shawn Green repeated the feat 21 days later, on May 23.[7] This was the first time two players had achieved a four-homer game in the same season; this would occur again in 2017 when Scooter Gennett and J. D. Martinez achieved the feat in June and September respectively.[8][5] When Martinez struck his four home runs for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he became the first player with a four-homer game to hit more homers than his opponents gained base hits.[9]

These games have resulted in other MLB single-game records due to the extreme offensive performance. Mark Whiten tied Jim Bottomley for the most runs batted in in a single game with 12 in his four-homer game.[10] Shawn Green hit a double and a single along with his four home runs for 19 total bases, an MLB record. It surpassed Joe Adcock's mark of 18, which also came from a four-homer game.[11][12] Carlos Delgado is the only player to make four plate appearances in a game and hit a home run each time.[13] Warren Spahn pitched the ball which Gil Hodges hit for the first of his four, the only Hall of Fame pitcher faced during a four-home-run game.[1] Of the 14 players eligible for the Hall of Fame who have hit four home runs in a game, five have been elected. Players are eligible for the Hall of Fame if they have played in at least 10 major league seasons and have been either retired for five seasons or deceased for at least six months.[14] These requirements leave three players ineligible who are living and have played in the past five seasons and one (Seerey) who did not play 10 seasons in MLB.

Players

Baseball player Shawn Green
Baseball player J. D. Martinez
Shawn Green (left) was one of two players to hit four home runs in a game in May 2002. Green also hit a double and a single in the game for 19 total bases, an MLB record. J. D. Martinez (right) is the most recent MLB player to hit four home runs in a game.
Player Name of the player
Date Date of the four home run game
Team The player's team at the time of the game
Opposing team The team against whom the player hit four home runs
Score Final score of the game, with the player's team score listed first
RBI The number of runs batted in the player had in the game
TB The number of total bases the player had in the game
Career HR The number of home runs the player hit in his MLB career
º Indicates that the home runs were in consecutive plate appearances
dagger Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who is still active
double-dagger Indicates the player's team lost the game
Players who have hit four home runs in a single regular-season game
Player Date Team Opposing team Score RBI TB Career HR Ref(s)
Bobby Loweº May 30, 1894 Boston Beaneaters Cincinnati Reds 20-11 9 17 71 [15][16]
Ed Delahantydagger July 13, 1896 Philadelphia Phillies Chicago Colts 8-9double-dagger 7 17 101 [17][18]
Lou Gehrigºdagger June 3, 1932 New York Yankees Philadelphia Athletics 20-13 6 16 493 [19]
Chuck Kleindagger July 10, 1936 Philadelphia Phillies Pittsburgh Pirates 9-6 6 16 300 [20]
Pat Seerey July 18, 1948 Chicago White Sox Philadelphia Athletics 12-11 7 16 86 [21]
Gil Hodges August 31, 1950 Brooklyn Dodgers Boston Braves 19-3 9 17 370 [22]
Joe Adcock July 31, 1954 Milwaukee Braves Brooklyn Dodgers 15-7 7 18 336 [23][24]
Rocky Colavitoº June 10, 1959 Cleveland Indians Baltimore Orioles 11-8 6 16 374 [25][26]
Willie Maysdagger April 30, 1961 San Francisco Giants Milwaukee Braves 14-4 8 16 660 [27][28]
Mike Schmidtºdagger April 17, 1976 Philadelphia Phillies Chicago Cubs 18-16 8 17 548 [29][30]
Bob Horner July 6, 1986 Atlanta Braves Montreal Expos 8-11double-dagger 6 16 218 [31][32]
Mark Whiten September 7, 1993 St. Louis Cardinals Cincinnati Reds 15-2 12 16 105 [33][34]
Mike Cameronº May 2, 2002 Seattle Mariners Chicago White Sox 15-4 4 16 278 [35][6]
Shawn Green May 23, 2002 Los Angeles Dodgers Milwaukee Brewers 16-3 7 19 328 [7][36]
Carlos Delgadoº September 25, 2003 Toronto Blue Jays Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-8 6 16 473 [37][38]
Josh Hamilton May 8, 2012 Texas Rangers Baltimore Orioles 10-3 8 18 200 [39][40]
Scooter Gennettº* June 6, 2017 Cincinnati Reds St. Louis Cardinals 13-1 10 17 87 [8][41]
J. D. Martinezº* September 4, 2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Los Angeles Dodgers 13-0 6 16 231 [5][42]

Note: RBI and TB counts include all plate appearances the player had in the game.
Source: [43][44][45]

Unofficial four-home run games

Only one player has ever hit four home runs in a single Spring Training game: Henry Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit four home runs against the New York Mets on April 24, 1995.[46]

References

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  2. ^ "MLB's three-home run playoff games: From Babe to Reggie, Kennedy to Enrique Hernandez". USA Today. October 20, 2017. Archived from the original on August 14, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Bobby Lowe Dead at 83". Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph. December 10, 1951. p. 18. Retrieved 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Suehsdorf, A. D. (1978). The Great American Baseball Scrapbook. Random House. p. 14. ISBN 0394502531.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "J.D. Martinez mashes his way to a four-homer game". ESPN. September 4, 2017. Archived from the original on September 5, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ a b Ralph, John (May 2, 2002). "With 4 homers, Cameron crows". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ a b Gurnick, Ken (May 23, 2002). "A day for the ages for Green". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ a b Kay, Joe (June 7, 2017). "Scooter Gennett hits 4 home runs for Reds to tie MLB record". Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 23, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
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  13. ^ "Delgado ties record with four homers". ESPN. September 25, 2003. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ "Rules for Election". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on May 30, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  15. ^ "Bobby Lowe Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on May 27, 2019. Retrieved 2010.
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  17. ^ "Ed Delahanty Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on August 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
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  19. ^ "Lou Gehrig Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on December 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  20. ^ "Chuck Klein Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on April 30, 2011. Retrieved 2010.
  21. ^ "Pat Seerey Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on July 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  22. ^ "Gil Hodges Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on April 30, 2011. Retrieved 2010.
  23. ^ "Joe Adcock Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on August 24, 2011. Retrieved 2010.
  24. ^ "Joe Adcock Dead at 71; Broke Up Longest No-Hitter". Los Angeles Times. May 4, 1999. Archived from the original on March 4, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  25. ^ "Rocky Colavito Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on April 16, 2011. Retrieved 2010.
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  36. ^ "Shawn Green Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on July 24, 2019. Retrieved 2010.
  37. ^ "Carlos Delgado Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on April 30, 2011. Retrieved 2010.
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  39. ^ "Josh Hamilton Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on April 4, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  40. ^ "Hamilton makes history with four home runs". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  41. ^ "Scooter Gennett Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on November 6, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  42. ^ "J.D. Martinez Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on November 1, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
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  46. ^ Nightengale, Bob (April 24, 1995). "Rodriguez: 4 At-Bats, 4 Homers : Dodgers: Right fielder gets final one with count 3-0 and finishes spring training batting .405". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2021.

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