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Batters with two Grand Slams in the same baseball game

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Batters with two Grand Slams in the same baseball game

Tony Cloninger (left) is the only pitcher to hit two grand slams in one game, while Fernando Tatís (right) achieved the unprecedented feat of hitting two grand slams in the same inning in 1999.

In baseball, a grand slam is a home run that is hit when all three bases are occupied by baserunners ("bases loaded"), thereby scoring four runs—the most possible in one play.[1] Thirteen players have hit two grand slams in a single Major League Baseball (MLB) game to date, the most recent being Josh Willingham of the Washington Nationals on July 27, 2009.[2] No player has accomplished the feat more than once in his career and no player has ever hit more than two in a game. Tony Lazzeri was the first player to hit two grand slams in a single game, doing so for the New York Yankees against the Philadelphia Athletics on May 24, 1936.[3]

Every team which had a player hit two grand slams won their milestone games. These games have resulted in other single-game MLB records being set due to the extreme offensive performance. Lazzeri, for example, proceeded to hit a third home run in the game and finished with a total of eleven runs batted in, an American League record.[3][4] Fernando Tatís became the only player to hit two grand slams in the same inning when he attained the milestone, slugging two in the third inning for the St. Louis Cardinals on April 23, 1999.[3][5] In achieving the feat, he also set a new major league record with eight runs batted in in a single inning.[6][7]

Tony Cloninger is the only pitcher to have accomplished the feat.[5] Bill Mueller hit his grand slams from both sides of the plate,[3][8] while Jim Northrup hit his grand slams on consecutive pitches received in the fifth and sixth innings.[9] Nomar Garciaparra is the sole player to achieve the feat at home, doing so at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox.[10] Cloninger is the only player who never hit a grand slam before or after his milestone game while Robin Ventura, with 18 grand slams, hit more than any other player in this group. Frank Robinson is also a member of the 500 home run club.[11]

Of the nine players eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame who have hit two grand slams in a game, two have been elected and one was elected on the first ballot. Players are eligible for the Hall of Fame if they have played in at least 10 MLB seasons, and have either been retired for five seasons or deceased for at least six months.[12] These requirements leave three players ineligible who are living and have played in the past five seasons and one—Jim Tabor—who did not play in 10 seasons.[13]


Player Name of the player
Date Date of the two grand slam game
Team The player's team at the time of the game
Opposing team The team against whom the player hit two grand slams
Score Final score of the game, with the player's team score listed first
Career GS The number of grand slams the player hit in his MLB career
Template:Dagger Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Template:Double-dagger Player is active
MLB hitters with two grand slams in one game
Player Date Team Opposing team Score Career GS Ref(s)
Lazzeri, TonyTony LazzeriTemplate:Dagger May 24, 1936 New York Yankees Philadelphia Athletics 25–2 8 [14][15]
Tabor, JimJim Tabor July 4, 1939 Boston Red Sox Philadelphia Athletics 18–12 7 [16]
York, RudyRudy York July 27, 1946 Boston Red Sox St. Louis Browns 13–6 12 [17]
Gentile, JimJim Gentile May 9, 1961 Baltimore Orioles Minnesota Twins 13–5 6 [18]
Cloninger, TonyTony Cloninger July 3, 1966 Atlanta Braves San Francisco Giants 17–3 2 [19]
Northrup, JimJim Northrup June 24, 1968 Detroit Tigers Cleveland Indians 14–3 8 [20]
Robinson, FrankFrank RobinsonTemplate:Dagger June 26, 1970 Baltimore Orioles Washington Senators 12–2 8 [21][22]
Ventura, RobinRobin Ventura September 4, 1995 Chicago White Sox Texas Rangers 14–3 18 [23]
Hoiles, ChrisChris Hoiles August 14, 1998 Baltimore Orioles Cleveland Indians 15–3 8 [24]
Tatís, FernandoFernando Tatís April 23, 1999 St. Louis Cardinals Los Angeles Dodgers 12–5 8 [25]
Garciaparra, NomarNomar Garciaparra May 10, 1999 Boston Red Sox Seattle Mariners 12–4 7 [26]
Mueller, BillBill Mueller July 29, 2003 Boston Red Sox Texas Rangers 14–7 4 [27]
Willingham, JoshJosh WillinghamTemplate:Double-dagger July 27, 2009 Washington Nationals Milwaukee Brewers 14–6 6 [28]


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