Daily Gallery: Four-homer hitters
May 9, 2012
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton set an AL record with 18 total bases on Tuesday night, hitting 5-for-5 at the plate with four two-run home runs in a 10-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Let’s take a look at some of the other players who have hit four homers in a single game.
In 2002, the four home run mark was reached twice. Mike Cameron of the Seattle Mariners hit four consecutive homers on May 2 against the Chicago White Sox. In his fifth at-bat, Cameron hit the ball to the warning track, not far enough to break the record.
On Sept. 7, 1993, Mark Whiten of the St. Louis Cardinals went hitless in the first game of a double-header against the Cincinnati Reds. However, in the second game, Whiten went 4-for-5, with four HRs and 12 RBIs as the Cards won 15-2.
Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt went 5-for-6, hitting four HRs against the Chicago Cubs on April 17, 1976. Philadelphia won the game 18-16 in 10 innings.
Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants hit four homers against the Milwaukee Braves. The Giants won the game 14-4.
Rocky Colavito of the Indians went 4-for-4 with four straight home runs in Cleveland’s 11-8 win on June 10, 1959.
Joe Adcock of the Milwaukee Braves went 5-for-5 with four HRs and a double against the Brooklyn Dodgers on July 31, 1954. At the time, Adcock set the record with 18 total bases.
Gil Hodges hit his four homers against four different pitchers in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 19-3 win over the Boston Braves on Aug. 31, 1950.
Lou Gehrig hit four home runs against the Philadelphia Athletics on June 3, 1932. New York’s iron horse had six RBIs in the Yankees 20-13 victory at the Philadelphia Athletics.