Mays Claimed Share of MLB Record With Four Homers In Single
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.
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.
Asked after the game about his incredible achievement, Willie answered nonchalantly: "It's not hard. When I'm not hitting, I don't hit nobody. But, when I'm hitting, I hit anybody."
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."