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Saturday, August 22, 2015

3 homers in one game for New York teams.

Last night in Colorado New York Met rental player Yoenis Cespedes became the most recent player on a New York team to hit three home runs in a regular season game.

Oldest hitters of the 531 three homer games. Sunday, July 26, 2015

Last night Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs in Minnesota...

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.

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Of course Ruth's accomplishment with a Boston team does not count.  However, the Babe hit three as a Yankee multiple times, including twice in the World Series.  Reggie Jackson as a Yankee also hit three homers in a World Series game.  Pablo Sandoval hit three homers in a 2012 WS game for the San Francisco Giants; Sandoval is the only other player for the Giants, Dodgers, Yankees or Mets to hit three in any post season game representing any city.

baseball-reference.com game level data starts in 1914, so consider that when viewing data in this post.

Three homers in a post season game:
Rk Player Date Series Gm# 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 Babe Ruth 1926-10-06 WS 4 NYY STL W 10-5 5 3 4 3 0 0 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.337 4.501 .618 3 LF
2 Babe Ruth 1928-10-09 WS 4 NYY STL W 7-3 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.241 2.119 1.284 3 LF
3 Bob Robertson 1971-10-03 NLCS 2 PIT SFG W 9-4 5 5 4 4 1 0 3 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.254 4.736 .716 5 1B
4 Reggie Jackson 1977-10-18 WS 6 NYY LAD W 8-4 4 3 4 3 0 0 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.386 4.874 .883 4 RF
5 George Brett 1978-10-06 ALCS 3 KCR NYY L 5-6 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.301 2.708 1.220 1 3B
6 Adam Kennedy 2002-10-13 ALCS 5 ANA MIN W 13-5 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.634 4.655 1.390 9 2B
7 Adrian Beltre 2011-10-04 ALDS 4 TEX TBR W 4-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.318 2.583 .817 5 3B
8 Albert Pujols 2011-10-22 WS 3 STL TEX W 16-7 6 6 4 5 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.209 5.812 .627 3 1B
9 Pablo Sandoval 2012-10-24 WS 1 SFG DET W 8-3 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.267 5.034 .212 3 3B
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Generated 8/22/2015.

Here are all players who hit four homers in a regular season game since 1914.  Of the 14, two played for a New York team: Gehrig and Hodges.


Rk Player 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 Lou Gehrig 1932-06-03 NYY PHA W 20-13 6 6 4 4 0 0 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 4 1B
2 Chuck Klein 1936-07-10 PHI PIT W 9-6 5 5 4 4 0 0 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 3 RF
3 Pat Seerey 1948-07-18 (1) CHW PHA W 12-11 7 6 4 4 0 0 4 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.958 5.785 1.786 4 LF
4 Gil Hodges 1950-08-31 BRO BSN W 19-3 6 6 5 5 0 0 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.251 6.536 .423 6 1B
5 Joe Adcock 1954-07-31 MLN BRO W 15-7 5 5 5 5 1 0 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.150 5.445 .308 5 1B
6 Rocky Colavito 1959-06-10 CLE BAL W 11-8 5 4 5 4 0 0 4 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.304 5.738 .514 4 RF
7 Willie Mays 1961-04-30 SFG MLN W 14-4 5 5 4 4 0 0 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.367 6.667 .376 3 CF
8 Mike Schmidt 1976-04-17 PHI CHC W 18-16 6 6 4 5 0 0 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.455 7.135 .862 6 3B
9 Bob Horner 1986-07-06 ATL MON L 8-11 5 5 4 4 0 0 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.262 5.204 .718 4 1B
10 Mark Whiten 1993-09-07 (2) STL CIN W 15-2 5 5 4 4 0 0 4 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.347 9.506 .868 6 CF
11 Mike Cameron 2002-05-02 SEA CHW W 15-4 6 5 4 4 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.090 4.066 .132 3 CF
12 Shawn Green 2002-05-23 LAD MIL W 16-3 6 6 6 6 1 0 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.303 7.052 .433 3 RF
13 Carlos Delgado 2003-09-25 TOR TBD W 10-8 4 4 4 4 0 0 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.724 5.324 1.635 4 1B
14 Josh Hamilton 2012-05-08 TEX BAL W 10-3 5 5 4 5 1 0 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.372 7.506 .444 3 CF
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Generated 8/22/2015.

Willie Mays did it for the San Francisco Giants.  Seerey and Whiten did in a doubleheader game but neither homered in the other game.

New York Giants through 1957:
Rk Player 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 High Pockets Kelly 1923-09-17 NYG CHC W 13-6 5 5 4 5 1 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 7 1B
2 High Pockets Kelly 1924-06-14 NYG CIN W 8-6 5 4 3 4 0 0 3 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 4 1B
3 Mel Ott 1930-08-31 (2) NYG BSN L 10-14 5 5 3 4 1 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 5 RF
4 Bill Terry 1932-08-13 (1) NYG BRO L 9-18 5 5 4 4 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 3 1B
5 Johnny Mize 1947-04-24 NYG BSN L 5-14 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.058 3.262 .657 4 1B
6 Willard Marshall 1947-07-18 NYG CIN W 8-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.156 3.853 .792 5 RF
7 Wes Westrum 1950-06-24 NYG CIN W 12-2 5 4 5 4 0 1 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.149 4.806 .252 4 C
8 Don Mueller 1951-09-01 NYG BRO W 8-1 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.233 4.509 .355 3 RF
9 Dusty Rhodes 1953-08-26 NYG STL W 13-4 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.094 3.481 .286 6 RF
10 Hank Thompson 1954-06-03 NYG STL W 13-8 5 4 4 4 0 0 3 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.613 6.601 1.360 3 3B
11 Dusty Rhodes 1954-07-28 NYG STL W 10-0 4 3 4 3 0 0 3 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.147 3.848 .562 4 LF
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Brooklyn Dodgers through 1957:
Rk Player 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 Jack Fournier 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
2 Gene Hermanski 1948-08-05 BRO CHC W 6-4 4 3 3 3 0 0 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.370 4.629 .845 3 RF
3 Duke Snider 1950-05-30 (2) BRO PHI W 6-4 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.279 3.393 .460 3 CF
4 Roy Campanella 1950-08-26 BRO CIN W 7-5 4 3 3 3 0 0 3 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.757 5.613 1.815 7 C
5 Tommy Brown 1950-09-18 BRO CHC L 7-9 5 4 3 4 0 0 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.470 5.518 1.328 1 LF
6 Duke Snider 1955-06-01 BRO MLN W 11-8 5 5 3 4 1 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.243 4.864 .547 3 CF
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Generated 8/22/2015.

New York Yankees:
Rk Player 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 Tony Lazzeri 1927-06-08 NYY CHW W 12-11 6 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 6 SS 3B
2 Lou Gehrig 1927-06-23 NYY BOS W 11-4 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 4 1B
3 Lou Gehrig 1929-05-04 NYY CHW W 11-9 5 4 4 4 0 0 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 4 1B
4 Babe Ruth 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
5 Lou Gehrig 1930-05-22 (2) NYY PHA W 20-13 7 5 3 3 0 0 3 8 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.000 0.000 5 1B
6 Ben Chapman 1932-07-09 (2) NYY DET W 14-9 5 3 4 3 0 0 3 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 6 RF LF
7 Tony Lazzeri 1936-05-24 NYY PHA W 25-2 6 5 4 4 0 1 3 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 8 2B
8 Joe DiMaggio 1937-06-13 (2) NYY SLB T 8-8 6 6 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 3 CF
9 Bill Dickey 1939-07-26 NYY SLB W 14-1 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 5 C
10 Charlie Keller 1940-07-28 (1) NYY CHW W 10-9 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.416 3.496 .602 5 LF
11 Joe DiMaggio 1948-05-23 (1) NYY CLE W 6-5 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.631 5.468 1.277 4 CF
12 Joe DiMaggio 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
13 Johnny Mize 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
14 Mickey Mantle 1955-05-13 NYY DET W 5-2 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.319 4.586 .645 3 CF
15 Tom Tresh 1965-06-06 (2) NYY CHW W 12-0 5 5 4 4 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.179 4.960 .134 5 CF LF
16 Bobby Murcer 1970-06-24 (2) NYY CLE W 5-4 4 3 3 3 0 0 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.804 4.123 1.435 2 CF
17 Bobby Murcer 1973-07-13 NYY KCR W 5-0 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.231 4.004 .600 4 CF
18 Cliff Johnson 1977-06-30 NYY TOR W 11-5 5 3 3 3 0 0 3 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.304 4.552 .746 5 DH
19 Mike Stanley 1995-08-10 (1) NYY CLE L 9-10 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.505 4.997 1.628 7 C
20 Paul O'Neill 1995-08-31 NYY CAL W 11-6 5 5 4 4 0 0 3 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.285 6.299 .586 3 RF
21 Darryl Strawberry 1996-08-06 NYY CHW W 9-2 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.197 3.448 .282 7 LF
22 Tino Martinez 1997-04-02 NYY SEA W 16-2 7 6 5 4 0 0 3 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.378 4.711 .559 4 1B
23 Tony Clark 2004-08-28 NYY TOR W 18-6 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.253 3.787 .954 8 1B
24 Alex Rodriguez 2005-04-26 NYY LAA W 12-4 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.490 8.614 .660 5 3B
25 Mark Teixeira 2010-05-08 NYY BOS W 14-3 6 6 3 4 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.165 2.891 .800 3 1B
Rk Player 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 Alex Rodriguez 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
27 Curtis Granderson 2012-04-19 NYY MIN W 7-6 5 5 3 5 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.380 4.272 .630 2 CF
28 Alex Rodriguez 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 0.413 2.868 1.305 3 DH 44.00 18.75
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Generated 8/22/2015.

Wow, several things jump out in addition to the sheer number, even considering that the Yankees have many more seasons.

1. Ruth had already hit three in two different World Series games before he hit three in a regular season Yankee game.

2. Lazzeri was the first, before both Ruth and Gehrig.

3. Strawberry started his career with the Mets and hit three with the Yankees.  Look below and see if he also hit three with the Mets.

4. Players association head Tony Clark did it as a Yankee.

5. Righty batters Rodriguez and DiMaggio, and lefty Gehrig are the only Yankees to hit three in a regular season game more than twice: three times.  Gehrig, of course, was the first modern player on any team to hit four in a game.

6. Twice: Murcer, Lazzeri.

7. Number 7 Mickey Mantle did it only once, same as Ruth.

8. Granderson now plays for the Mets.

New York Mets:
Rk Player 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 Jim Hickman 1965-09-03 NYM STL W 6-3 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.403 4.124 .610 6 LF 1B
2 Dave Kingman 1976-06-04 NYM LAD W 11-0 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.302 6.175 .692 4 RF
3 Claudell Washington 1980-06-22 NYM LAD W 9-6 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.306 4.476 .463 3 RF
4 Darryl Strawberry 1985-08-05 NYM CHC W 7-2 5 4 4 4 0 0 3 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.341 4.908 .486 5 RF
5 Gary Carter 1985-09-03 NYM SDP W 8-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.341 4.788 .530 4 C
6 Edgardo Alfonzo 1999-08-30 NYM HOU W 17-1 6 6 6 6 1 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.128 5.563 .217 2 2B
7 Jose Reyes 2006-08-15 NYM PHI L 4-11 4 3 3 3 0 0 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.139 3.737 .325 1 SS
8 Carlos Beltran 2011-05-12 NYM COL W 9-5 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.284 4.994 .688 3 RF
9 Ike Davis 2012-07-28 NYM ARI L 3-6 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.342 3.608 .990 4 1B
10 Kirk Nieuwenhuis 2015-07-12 NYM ARI W 5-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.360 3.672 .630 5 CF LF 44.00 18.75
11 Lucas Duda 2015-07-29 NYM SDP L 3-7 4 3 3 3 0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.134 3.596 .438 4 1B 44.00 19.00
12 Yoenis Cespedes 2015-08-21 NYM COL W 14-9 6 6 5 5 1 0 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.512 6.171 .748 3 CF LF 67.00 28.75
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Generated 8/22/2015.

1. Strawberry is the only player to hit three for multiple New York teams: Mets and Yankees.

2. Beltran now plays for the Yankees.

3. 3 of the 12 (25%) occurred in 2015.

4. Cardinal Keith Hernandez, who later played fewer games for the Mets, never hit three in a game for any team.

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