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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Oldest hitters of the 531 three homer games.

Last night Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs in Minnesota.  Tomorrow Rodriguez will be 40 years old.  I wondered if Rodriguez was the oldest to hit at least three home runs in a game.  I ran an ad hoc query at baseball-reference.com and found that, including multiples by some hitters, it has occurred 531 times.  Three hitters were 40 and one was 41.  The first 40 year old was Babe Ruth in his final season ... with Boston of the National League in Pittsburgh.

Number of times by age:
39  5, including Rodriguez
38  5 including Ted Williams twice in 1957
37  6, including Pete Rose

Here are the 46 occurrences for hitters at least 35 years old on the date when they hit at least three homers in a game; none hit four.
From 1914 to 2015, (requiring HR>=3 and age>=35), sorted by oldest
Rk Player Age Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS WPA RE24 aLI BOP Pos Summary DFS(DK) DFS(FD)
1 Stan Musial 41.229 1962-07-08 STL NYM W 15-1 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.122 4.046 .272 4 LF
2 Jason Giambi 40.131 2011-05-19 COL PHI W 7-1 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 7 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.415 5.528 .592 5 1B
3 Reggie Jackson 40.123 1986-09-18 CAL KCR W 18-3 6 4 4 3 0 0 3 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.175 5.664 .348 4 DH
4 Babe Ruth 40.108 1935-05-25 BSN PIT L 7-11 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 3 RF
5 Alex Rodriguez 39.363 2015-07-25 NYY MIN W 8-5 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.412 2.861 1.310 3 DH
6 Dave Winfield 39.192 1991-04-13 CAL MIN W 15-9 6 6 4 5 1 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.340 5.613 .538 4 RF
7 Frank Thomas 39.113 2007-09-17 TOR BOS W 6-1 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.228 3.841 .660 4 DH
8 Bob Thurman 39.096 1956-08-18 CIN MLN W 13-4 5 5 4 4 1 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.219 4.052 .436 3 LF
9 Steve Finley 39.047 2004-04-28 ARI CHC L 3-4 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.539 2.886 .930 5 CF
10 Ted Williams 38.287 1957-06-13 BOS CLE W 9-3 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.347 4.273 .538 3 LF
11 Ted Williams 38.251 1957-05-08 BOS CHW W 4-1 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.280 3.511 .446 3 LF
12 Ty Cobb 38.138 1925-05-05 DET SLB W 14-8 6 6 4 6 1 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 3 CF
13 Lee Lacy 38.059 1986-06-08 BAL NYY W 18-9 6 6 4 4 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.216 3.785 .332 2 RF
14 Barry Bonds 38.034 2002-08-27 SFG COL W 7-4 5 4 4 4 1 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.483 4.115 .856 3 LF
15 Mike Schmidt 37.260 1987-06-14 PHI MON W 11-6 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.279 5.288 .733 4 3B
16 Johnny Mize 37.251 1950-09-15 NYY DET L 7-9 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.536 5.068 1.502 5 1B
17 Larry Walker 37.207 2004-06-25 COL CLE W 10-8 6 4 4 4 1 0 3 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.808 5.572 1.787 5 RF
18 Barry Bonds 37.047 2001-09-09 SFG COL W 9-4 6 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.227 4.124 1.133 3 LF
19 Pete Rose 37.015 1978-04-29 CIN NYM W 14-7 6 6 4 5 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.281 4.320 .578 1 3B
20 Moises Alou 37.001 2003-07-04 CHC STL L 8-11 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.060 4.177 .456 4 LF
21 Barry Bonds 36.299 2001-05-19 SFG ATL W 6-3 5 5 3 4 1 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.481 3.638 1.110 3 LF
22 Jack Fournier 36.288 1926-07-13 BRO STL L 10-12 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 3 1B
23 Ellis Burks 36.281 2001-06-19 CLE MIN L 9-10 7 7 3 5 1 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.262 3.406 1.037 2 DH
24 Carl Yastrzemski 36.271 1976-05-19 BOS DET W 9-2 5 4 4 4 0 0 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.298 4.244 .452 6 1B
25 Luis Gonzalez 36.250 2004-05-10 ARI NYM W 12-8 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.291 3.024 .578 3 LF
Rk Player Age Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS WPA RE24 aLI BOP Pos Summary DFS(DK) DFS(FD)
26 Mark McGwire 36.230 2000-05-18 STL PHI W 7-2 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.344 5.466 .820 4 1B
27 Damion Easley 36.204 2006-06-03 (2) ARI ATL W 13-9 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.171 6.053 .708 6 2B 3B
28 Bill Madlock 36.177 1987-06-28 DET BAL W 8-7 6 5 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.587 3.173 1.527 2 DH
29 J.T. Snow 36.169 2004-08-13 SFG PHI W 16-6 6 4 5 3 0 0 3 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.218 4.018 .552 2 1B
30 Edgar Martinez 36.136 1999-05-18 SEA MIN W 10-1 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.026 3.158 .198 4 DH
31 Ken Griffey 36.103 1986-07-22 ATL PHI L 4-5 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.222 2.669 1.102 3 LF
32 George Harper 36.088 1928-09-20 (1) STL NYG W 8-5 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 6 RF
33 Juan Beniquez 36.030 1986-06-12 BAL NYY L 5-7 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.199 2.342 1.578 5 DH
34 Darrell Evans 36.020 1983-06-15 SFG HOU W 7-1 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.234 4.280 .488 3 1B
35 Joe DiMaggio 35.289 1950-09-10 NYY WSH W 8-1 5 4 4 4 1 0 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.210 4.841 .586 4 CF
36 Cal Ripken 35.278 1996-05-28 BAL SEA W 12-8 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.533 5.255 1.732 6 SS
37 Jack Clark 35.263 1991-07-31 BOS OAK W 11-10 8 7 4 4 0 0 3 6 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.693 3.749 1.723 4 DH
38 Freddie Patek 35.255 1980-06-20 CAL BOS W 20-2 6 6 4 4 1 0 3 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.139 4.652 .312 8 SS
39 Kevin Elster 35.252 2000-04-11 LAD SFG W 6-5 4 3 3 3 0 0 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.478 3.821 1.042 8 SS
40 Cy Williams 35.141 1923-05-11 PHI STL W 20-14 6 5 4 3 0 0 3 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 3 CF
41 Dave Kingman 35.117 1984-04-16 OAK SEA W 9-6 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.397 5.593 .722 5 DH
42 Babe Ruth 35.104 1930-05-21 (1) NYY PHA L 7-15 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 3 LF
43 Ernie Whitt 35.093 1987-09-14 TOR BAL W 18-3 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.099 4.202 .240 5 C
44 Hank Sauer 35.086 1952-06-11 CHC PHI W 3-2 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.335 2.781 .867 4 LF
45 Ken Caminiti 35.082 1998-07-12 SDP LAD W 6-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.413 4.017 1.035 3 3B
46 Alex Rodriguez 35.018 2010-08-14 NYY KCR W 8-3 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.385 4.474 1.257 4 DH
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/26/2015.

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