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Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Mays, Schmidt and Oh Share Record With Four Homers In Single Game

Mays Goes “FOUR” It

On April 30, 1961 at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, The San Francisco Giants scored fourteen runs against the Braves and eight of them belonged to Willie Mays.  The “Say Hey Kid” put on a dazzling display of power by going deep in the first, third, sixth, and eighth inning.  Mays later credited the fact that he used teammate Joey Amalfitano's bat during the game for his stunning display of power.

His sixth inning homer cleared the left field bleachers and left County Stadium.  After hitting his fourth home run in the eight inning, Mays was on deck in the top of 9th when the third out was made, ruining his chance at five homers.

According to Sportswriter Harry Jupiter who reported on the game for The San Francisco Chronicle "No record book reflects this kind of concentration, determination, perseverance or ability. As a player, Willie Mays could never be captured by mere statistics….but hitting four homers in a single game pretty much says it all."


Mike Schmidt Gets Red Hot on a Long, Cold Day

On a cold April 17th afternoon in 1976, with the wind flowing out of Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Mike Schmidt led his beloved Phillies to one of the most improvable victories in MLB history, with four home runs.  He also became the first National Leaguer to hit four homers in a row.  
What started out on paper as a pitcher’s duel between Steve Carlton and Rick Reuschel turned into a slugfest, with three homers for the Cubs and six homers by the Phillies, four of which were hit by “Iron Mike.”  Schmidt hit one homer off Mike Garman, two off Rick Reuschel, and the last, a 2-run homer, off Rick's brother, Paul in the 10th.

OH My!  Japanese Star Equals MLB Best Four Home Runs In Single Game

On May 3, 1964 Sadaharu Oh of the Yomiuri Giants did something that only 15 Major Leaguers and 5 Nippon Professional Baseball (Japanese) players have ever done: hit four home runs in a single, regulation game.  

In doing so, Oh tied the all-time NPB record held by Yoshiyuki Iwamoto, and matched the all-time MLB record; joining some of the sports all-time greatest sluggers including 500 Home Run Club dignitaries Willie Mays and Mike Schmidt.  Oh’s feat came in a nine inning game against the Hanshin Tigers, enroute to the Japanese record of 55 homers in one season.!Technorati!Newsvine!Blogmarks!Yahoo!
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