Saturday, February 23, 2008

Multi-Home Run World Series Games

45 Times in World Series history has a player hit at least 2 home runs in a single game.

The very first time it had been done was the first World Series, where Boston's Patsy Dougherty did it. By 1958 it had been done 18 times, all 18 by either a New York or Boston player. One of the times was actually the Boston Braves.

In the 30 World Series from 1918 through 1947, only Yankees did it. 3 different Yankees did it in the 1932 World Series; Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Tony Lazzeri.

1959 the New York/Boston streak was broken when both a White Sox player and a Los Angeles Dodger did it. It would not happen by a non-New York or Boston player again until 1972. 2 Red Sox did it in 1967. In the first 68 World Series played, only 1959 had a player not from New York or Boston hit 2 home runs in a World Series game.

The most surprising of them was Willie Aikens, who did it in both Game 1 and then again in Game 4 of the 1985 World Series. He's just one of five players who did it who never made an all-star team (not counting the 3 players who did it in the 1910s), and the only non-Hall of Famer to have done it twice.

The players who have done it at least twice were Babe Ruth (4 times), Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Duke Snider, and Willie Aikens.

The other non All-Stars were Joe Collins, Chad Curtis, Tim Salmon, and Kirk Gibson.

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