MLB: Players with the Most Home Runs in a Postseason Game
Let’s talk about two of the best things in baseball: home runs and the postseason. Anything regarding either of the two, or both, is a popular post around here.
Today – how about most home runs hit in a postseason game? The answer is three. No one has ever hit four home runs in a single postseason contest. So who hit three homers in a playoff game and how many times has it happened?
Before we get to today’s list, take a quick look at some previous home run + postseason posts if you feel so inclined…
and finally, the tie-in to today’s post,
That last list above includes everybody who has gone deep at least twice in a World Series game. Four players (five times) have hit three homers in a World Series game – in chronological order, Babe Ruth (twice), Reggie Jackson, Albert Pujols and Pablo Sandoval.
Oddly, the three-home run game has occurred more often in the Fall Classic than any other playoff round. Four other players hit three home runs in pre-WS rounds.
Over 40 years passed in between Ruth’s three-home run game in the 1928 World Series and Bob Robertson‘s NLCS effort in 1971. Only six years after that Jackson pulled off his 3-HRs-on-3-pitches performance for the New York Yankees.
George Brett followed the very next season with his record mark – his was the only in a losing effort.
The 2000’s have been quite ripe for this feat: four times this century, including three times in the past two years.
All nine three-home run postseason games are listed below:Follow @VinGetz
THREE HOME RUNS IN A POSTSEASON GAME
|1.||Babe Ruth||1926||WS||4||New York Yankees||St. Louis Cardinals||W 10-5|
|2.||Babe Ruth||1928||WS||4||New York Yankees||St. Louis Cardinals||W 7-3|
|3.||Bob Robertson||1971||NLCS||2||Pittsburgh Pirates||San Francisco Giants||W 9-4|
|4.||Reggie Jackson||1977||WS||6||New York Yankees||Los Angeles Dodgers||W 8-4|
|5.||George Brett||1978||ALCS||3||Kansas City Royals||New York Yankees||L 6-5|
|6.||Adam Kennedy||2002||ALCS||5||Anaheim Angels||Minnesota Twins||W 13-5|
|7.||Adrian Beltre||2011||ALDS||4||Texas Rangers||Tampa Bay Rays||W 4-3|
|8.||Albert Pujols||2011||WS||3||St. Louis Cardinals||Texas Rangers||W 16-7|
|9.||Pablo Sandoval||2012||WS||1||San Francisco Giants||Detroit Tigers||W 8-3|