Bill Joyce, of the New York Giants, and George Strief, of the American Association’s Philadelphia team, are the only Major Leaguers to ever hit 4 triples in a single game. Strief accomplished his feat on June 25th, 1885, while Joyce, one of his era’s great players, recorded his 4 triples on May 18th, 1897. […]
Roger Connor is the only 19th century player to ever hit a Grand Slam “walk-off” homer to win a game when his team was down by 3 runs. On September 10th, 1881, his team, Troy, was playing Worcester, when Connor, the Troy first baseman, a left-handed batter, came up against Lee Richmond, a star left-handed […]
Hall of Famer Jesse Burkett holds the top career spot for most inside-the-park homers with 55. Next is Sam Crawford with 52, followed by Ty Cobb and Tommy Leach with 49 each. Honus Wagner, generally considered the best all-around player of the first quarter of the 20th century, is next with 43, followed by the superb […]
Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews of the Milwaukee (Boston, Atlanta) Braves hold the Major League record for most home runs hit in the same game while teammates… with 75. Next in line are the New York Yankees’ teammates Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig…who walloped 73. The San Francisco (New York) Giants’ teammates, Willie Mays and […]
Joe DiMaggio has one of the most noteworthy records in the history of baseball. He has the best strikeout to home run ratio of anyone with over 250 home runs. The Yankee Clipper slugged 361 home runs and only struck out 369 times. That is an astounding ratio of 1.02. The closest to him is […]
Joe Sewell has the career record for hardest-to-strike-out (minimum 1,000 games). It took 62.6 at bats to strike out Sewell, meaning he only struck out 114 times in 7,132 ABs. Between 1925 and 1933, Sewell K’d less than 10 times per season. No one else is Major League Baseball history is even close. […]
Tris Speaker holds the record for most seasons with at least 40 doubles with 10. In fact, he is the all-time Major League Baseball doubles leaders with 792 in his career. Only Speaker and Craig Biggio have collected 50 doubles and 50 stolen bases in the same season.
Mike Piazza holds the career major league record for home runs while in the lineup as a catcher: 396. It is estimated that Josh Gibson hit over 800 HRs while catching in the Negro Leagues. Some projections show Gibson might have hit 775+ HRs in the Majors.
On August 1, 1972, Nathan “Nate” Colbert hit five home runs in a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves (Retrosheet box scores for game 1 and 2) ending the day with 13 RBI. Stan Musial also hit 5 home runs in one day on May 2nd, 1954 against the New York Giants. Colbert and Musial are the only […]
Samuel “Big Sam” Thompson holds the career record for most RBIs per 9 innings played. No one else is even close. For example, in 1895, he averaged 1.387 RBIs per 9 innings; in 1894, his average was 1.382; and, in 1887, his average was 1.307. His closest competitor was Hack Wilson in 1930 who averaged 1.232 […]