Four the Glory
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Three 500 HRC members/honorary members are among only 15 players to hit four home runs in a single contest.

Honorary 500 Home Run Club member Lou Gehrig was the first member (albeit honorary) of the 500 Home Run Club to hit four home runs in a single game.  Playing for the New York Yankees on June 3, 1932, vs. Philadelphia A's in Shibe Park, PA, Gehrig went four-for-six with 6 RBIs in the slugfest that finally ended in a 20-13 NY victory. Gehrig narrowly missed a fifth homer, sending a high fly ball to the warning track in the ninth inning.

Willie Mays did it in April 30, 1961 to lead his San Francisco Giants to a 14-4 victory over the Milwaukee Braves.  By the time the “Say Hey” Kid hit his second homer off of Lew Burdette, everyone in the beer-city’s cavernous County stadium knew this was going to be a special day.  Willie’s third long-ball came, off of Seth Morehead, was a titanic blast that went clear out of County Stadium) and his fourth homer of the afternoon was served by the Braves’ vaulted reliever Don McMahon. Elsewhere in the baseball world, Hank Aaron hit two homers that day, but – at least for one day – Mays was the king of the home run world.

Mike Schmidt matched the super-human feat on April 17, 1976 to give his Philadelphia Phillies team a 10th-inning victory over the Chicago Cubs.  Largely because of Schmidt’s 5-of-6 outing, the Phillies overcame an 11-run deficit to win 18-16. The Cubs’ Rick Monday blasted hit two homers in the loss.  Schmidt hit two homers off of starter Rick Reuschel and hit one homer off his brother Paul Reuschel (the other homer was off of Mike Garman).

Slammin' Sammy Sosa (609) hit two homers in a single game an amazing 11 times during the fabled 1998 season when he and fellow 500 Home Run Club member Mark McGwire captivated the nation with their pursuit of Roger Maris' all-time, single season record. He also set a major league record with 21 long balls in 24 games; and another by hitting 20 home runs in June, the most ever hit in a single month. 

Twelve 500 Home Run Club members are among only 60 players in Major League history to TWICE hit three home runs in a single game: Harold Baines, Jeff Bagwell, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, Geronimo Berroa, Albert Belle, Bret Boone, George Brett, Gary Carter, Joe Carter, Roberto Clemente, Rocky Colavito, José Canseco, Eric Davis, Glenn Davis, André Dawson, Doug DeCinces, Carlos Delgado, Joe DiMaggio, Don Demeter, Cecil Fielder, Steve Finley, Jimmie Foxx, Nomar Garciaparra, Lou Gerhrig (honorary member), Juan González, Goose Goslin, Frank Higgins, Bobby Higginson, Willie Horton, Reggie Jackson, George Kelly, Ralph Kiner, Dave Kingman, Tony Lazzeri, Edgar Martinez, John Mayberry, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Mark McGwire, Johnny Mize, Eddie Murray, Ben Ogilvie, Larry Parrish, Boog Powell, Manny Ramírez, Dusty Rhodes, Jim Rice, Alex Rodríguez, Babe Ruth, Hank Sauer, Mike Schmidt, Duke Snider, Sammy Sosa, Miguel Tejada, Jim Thome, Willie Stargell, Mo Vaughn, Larry Walker, Ted Williams.!Technorati!Newsvine!Blogmarks!Yahoo!