Four Triples In A Single Game

Bill Joyce (left) and George Strief.

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.   […]

Down By Three: The Only 19th Century Grand Slam Walk-off Home Run…

An 18-year veteran, Roger Connor's career batting average was .316 and he slugged a nineteenth century record 138 home runs. Connor also led the League in fielding percentage for first basemen 4 times. He is a member of Cooperstown.

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 […]

Most Inside-The-Park Homers

Jesse "The Crab" Burkett of St. Louis at South Side Park in 1903.

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 […]

Most Home Runs Hit In Same Game By Teammates

Between 1954 and 1966 Braves teammates Eddie Mathews (left) Hank Aaron hit 863 home runs (Aaron 442, Mathews 421), moving ahead of the Yankees duo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig as the all-time leaders in MLB history.

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 […]

Strikeout To Home Run Ratio

Joe DiMaggio on the cover of Sports Illustrated, May 3, 1993.

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 […]

Hardest To Strike Out

Former Indians and Yankees infielder Joe Sewell's record of three strikeouts in 1932 are the fewest ever for a full season in MLB history.

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.     […]

All-Time Doubles Leader

Texas native Tris Speaker batted .300 or better for 18 seasons and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1937.

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.      

Home Runs As A Catcher

Josh Gibson, one of the greatest power hitters in professional baseball history, was barred from Major League Baseball during his lifetime due to racial segregation (the de facto MLB rule from 1884 to 1946). He played for the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords.

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.      

Five Homers In One Day

In 1972, Colbert had 111 RBI for the San Diego Padres (488 total team runs). He was the first Padre player to drive in over 100 runs and hit over 30 HRs in a season.

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 […]

Most RBI Per 9 Innings

Big Sam Thompson

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 […]