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Josh Hamilton last night became the 16th player in Major League history to hit four home runs in a game. But in our “what-have-you-done for-me-lately” world, the question we need to ask is: When will Hamilton hit his next home run?
Of the 15 previous players to hit four home runs in a game, only two, Mike Schmidt and Shawn Green, hit home runs in their next game. Bob Horner, who hit four HRs for the Atlanta Braves on July 6, 1986, had the longest wait for his next homer after his historic day. Horner did not hit his next HR until 18 games later.
Here’s a look at the previous 15 players who hit four home runs in a game and when they hit their next four-bagger.
Games until next home run, player
Next game: Mike Schmidt, Shawn Green
2 games: Rocky Colavito
3 games: Carlos Delgado
5 games: Lou Gehrig
6 games: Mark Whiten
9 games: Willie Mays
11 games: Pat Seerey
12 games: Mke Cameron
18 games: Bob Horner
Note: Bobby Lowe and Ed Delahanty had their four-home run games before 1900. Lowe did not hit his next HR until seven days later; Delahanty hit his next home run 12 days later.
Here’s a few more interesting stats about the Four-Homer Club.
* Three players, Gil Hodges, Mike Schmidt and Mark Whiten, hit their four home runs while batting sixth in the batting order.
* Mays (660), Schmidt (548), Gehrig (493) and Delgado (473) are the only four members of the group to end their careers with 400 or more home runs. Two players, Lowe (71) and Seerey (86) are the two players who ended their careers with less than 100 home runs.
* Delgado is the player who hit the most career home runs before his historic day. Delgado had hit 299 HRs prior to his four-HR game. Mays had hit 281 career home runs before his four-HR game.
* Seven of the 16 players had one or more three-home runs games in their career: Gehrig (3), Seerey (1), Colavito (2), Mays (2), Schmidt (2), Green (1) and Delgado (4).
* Lowe and Delahanty hit their four home runs off the same pitcher. Gehrig and Horner hit their four blasts off two pitchers. Hodges and Adcock hit their four home runs off four different pitchers.
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Jim Thome became the eighth member of the majors’ 600-HR Club with a pair of homers tonight (August 15). He also becomes the first member of that club who won only one HR crown in his career. Thome led the National League in home runs when he hit 47 for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2003. That was the only year he won an HR crown in his career. All other members of the 600-HR Club led their league in HRs in two or more seasons.
In looking at the 25 members of the 500-HR Club, we discover that three players hit 500 or more home runs in their career yet never led the league in home runs. The three: Rafael Palmeiro, Gary Sheffield and Frank Thomas.
Here’s a look at the 25 members of the 500-HR Club and the number of times they led the league in home runs in a season in their career.
League HR crowns, Player (career HRs)
0: Rafael Palmeiro (569), Gary Sheffield (509), Frank Thomas (521)
1: Eddie Murray (504), Manny Ramirez (555), Frank Robinson (586), Jim Thome (600)
2: Ernie Banks (512), Barry Bonds (762), Eddie Mathews (512), Sammy Sosa (609)
3: Willie McCovey (521)
5: Alex Rodriquez (626)
6: Harmon Killebrew (573), Mel Ott (511)
8: Mike Schmidt (548), Babe Ruth (714)
(WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG FOR A TRIVIA QUESTION: Can you name the five members of the 500-HR club who hit all of their home runs with only one team? Answer below.)
Did you know? Hank Aaron wore uniform number 44 and hit 44 home runs in a season four times!
TRIVIA ANSWER: Mel Ott (NY Giants), Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs), Ted Williams (Boston), Mickey Mantle (NY Yankees) and Mike Schmidt (Philadelphia)
Did you know? Gary Sheffield hit 509 career HRs yet did not hit more than 130 for one team. He hit 129 for the LA Dodgers, most with one team in his career.
Did you know? Alex Rodriquez is the only player to hit 150 or more HRs for three different teams. Rodriquez hit 156 for Texas, 189 for Seattle and has hit 281 for the Yankees.