4 Homerun Games

Bobby Lowe was the first MLB player to ever hit four home runs in a single game, doing so in 1894. Fans were so excited on the day that they threw silver coins onto the field following his fourth.Writers of Sporting News described hitting four in a single Major League Baseball (MLB) game as "baseball's greatest single-game accomplishment". Fifteen players have accomplished the feat to date. No player has done this more than once in his career and no player has ever hit more than four in a game. Bobby Lowe was the first to hit four home runs in a single game, doing so on May 30, 1894. Fans were reportedly so excited that they threw $160 in silver coins ($4,000 in current dollar terms) onto the field after his fourth home run.

These games have resulted in other MLB single-game records due to the extreme offensive performance. Mark Whiten, for example, tied Jim Bottomley for the most runs batted in in a single game with 12 in his four-homer game. 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. Chuck Klein, Pat Seerey, and Mike Schmidt each hit their four in a game that went into extra innings. Four home runs generate significant offense which generally allows a team to win, although Ed Delahanty's and Bob Horner's teams lost their respective milestone games. 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. Mike Cameron hit his four on May 2, 2002, and Green matched the total 21 days later on May 23, 2002, the shortest span between such games. Lowe and Seerey each hit fewer than 100 home runs over the length of their career while Willie Mays, with 660, hit more than any other player in this group. Both Mays and Schmidt are also members of the 500 home run club.

Of the 11 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 either been retired for five seasons or deceased for at least six months. 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.

Player Date Team Opposing team Score Career HR
Bobby Lowe May 30, 1894 Boston Beaneaters Cincinnati Reds 20–11 71
Ed Delahanty July 13, 1896 Philadelphia Phillies Chicago Colts 101
Lou Gehrig June 3, 1932 New York Yankees Philadelphia Athletics 20–13 493
Klein, ChuckChuck Klein 01936-07-10July 10, 1936 Philadelphia Phillies Pittsburgh Pirates 9–6 300
Pat Seerey July 18, 1948 Chicago White Sox Philadelphia Athletics 12–11 86
Gil Hodges August 31, 1950 Brooklyn Dodgers Boston Braves 19–3 370
Joe Adcock July 31, 1954 Milwaukee Braves Brooklyn Dodgers 15–7 336
Rocky Colavito June 10, 1959 Cleveland Indians Baltimore Orioles 11–8 374
Willie Mays April 30, 1961 San Francisco Giants Milwaukee Braves 14–4 660
Mike Schmidt April 17, 1976 Philadelphia Phillies Chicago Cubs 18–16 548
Bob Horner July 6, 1986 Atlanta Braves Montreal Expos 8–11 218
Mark Whiten September 7, 1993 St. Louis Cardinals Cincinnati Reds 15–2 105
Mike Cameron May 2, 2002 Seattle Mariners Chicago White Sox 15–4 266
Shawn Green May 23, 2002 Los Angeles Dodgers Milwaukee Brewers 16–3 328
Carlos Delgado September 25, 2003 Toronto Blue Jays Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10–8 473
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