Big boppers: A history of 4-homer baseball games

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | 3:58 p.m. CDT
Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton watches his two-run home run in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.

Josh Hamilton's historic slugfest Tuesday night in Baltimore made him the 16th player in major league history with four homers in a game. Here's how his big night stacks up against the rest.

  • JOSH HAMILTON, Texas, May 8. The Rangers' outfielder set an American League record with 18 total bases, going 5 for 5 with four two-run homers and eight RBIs in a 10-3 victory against the Orioles. Watch a video.
  • CARLOS DELGADO, Toronto, Sept. 25, 2003. The last man before Hamilton to homer four times in game, Delgado went 4 for 4 with six RBIs, and the Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 10-8 in Toronto.
  • MIKE CAMERON, Seattle, May 2, 2002. He hit four consecutive solo home runs in the Mariners' 15-4 victory against the White Sox. And in his fifth at-bat, Cameron hit a flyball to the warning track that was caught.
  • SHAWN GREEN, Los Angeles, May 23, 2002. Green went 6 for 6 with a single and double to go along with his homers. He set a major league record with 19 total bases and drove in seven runs as the Dodgers won 16-3 at Milwaukee.
  • MARK WHITEN, St. Louis, Sept. 7, 1993. After going hitless in the first game of the doubleheader in Cincinnati, Whiten went 4 for 5, tying another major league record with 12 RBIs as the Cardinals won 15-2.
  • BOB HORNER, Atlanta, July 6, 1986. Horner went 4 for 5 with six RBIs, but it wasn't enough to keep the Braves from losing to the Montreal Expos 11-8 in Atlanta.
  • MIKE SCHMIDT, Philadelphia, April 17, 1976. The star third baseman went 5 for 6 and knocked in eight runs as the Phillies beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field 18-16 in 10 innings.
  • WILLIE MAYS, San Francisco, April 30, 1961. Mays went 4 for 5 with eight RBIs in the Giants' 14-4 win at the Milwaukee Braves.
  • ROCKY COLAVITO, Cleveland, June 10, 1959. Finished 4 for 4 with four straight homers, six RBIs and five runs scored in the Indians' 11-8 victory.
  • JOE ADCOCK, Milwaukee, July 31, 1954. He went 5 for 5 with a double, setting a record with 18 total bases and driving in seven runs in a 15-7 victory at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.
  • GIL HODGES, Brooklyn, Aug. 31, 1950. The Dodgers' first baseman went 5 for 6 with nine RBIs and hit his four homers off four pitchers in a 19-3 home victory against the Boston Braves.
  • PATRICK SEEREY, Chicago, July 18, 1948. In the first game of a double-header, Seerey went 4 for 6 with seven RBIs in an 11-inning game that the White Sox won 12-11 at the Philadelphia Athletics.
  • CHUCK KLEIN, Philadelphia, July 10, 1936. His fourth homer was a three-run shot in the 10th inning to give the Phillies a 9-6 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He went 4 for 5 with six RBIs.
  • LOU GEHRIG, New York, June 3, 1932. Gehrig went 4 for 6 with four consecutive home runs and six RBIs in the Yankees' 20-13 victory at the Philadelphia Athletics.
  • ED DELAHANTY, Philadelphia, July 13, 1896. According to The Sporting News Major League Handbook, all four of his home runs were inside the park. He went 5 for 5 with seven RBIs for the Phillies in a 9-8 loss to Chicago.
  • ROBERT LOWE, Boston, May 30, 1894, consecutive. He was the first player to hit four homers in a major league game went deep in four straight at-bats for the Beaneaters against the Cincinnati Reds and finished 5 for 6 with six RBIs in a 20-11 victory.

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