List of Major League Baseball hitters who have batted in 10 runs in one game

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Tony Lazzeri (left), Rudy York (center) and Nomar Garciaparra (right) are the only players to amass 10 runs batted in and hit two grand slams in the same game.

In baseball, a run batted in (RBI) is awarded to a batter for each runner who scores as a result of the batter's action, including a hit, fielder's choice, sacrifice fly, sacrifice bunt, catcher's interference, or a walk or hit by pitch with the bases loaded.[1] A batter is also awarded an RBI for scoring himself upon hitting a home run.[1] Thirteen players have batted in at least 10 runs in a single Major League Baseball (MLB) game to date, the most recent being Garret Anderson of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on August 21, 2007.[2][3] No player has accomplished the feat more than once in his career and no player has ever hit more than twelve RBIs in a game. Wilbert Robinson was the first player to hit at least 10 RBIs in a single game,[4][5] driving in 11 runs for the Baltimore Orioles against the St. Louis Browns on June 10, 1892.[6]

As of 2014, every team that has had a player achieve the milestone has won the game in which it occurred. These games have resulted in other single-game MLB records being set due to the stellar offensive performance. Robinson, for example, also amassed seven hits in that same game, setting a new major league record that has since been tied by only one other player.[7] Mark Whiten hit four home runs to complement his 12 RBIs for the St. Louis Cardinals on September 7, 1993, tying the single-game records in both categories.[8][9] By attaining both milestones, he became the only player to hit four home runs and drive in 10 or more runs in the same game.[4] Tony Lazzeri, Rudy York, and Nomar Garciaparra hit two grand slams during their 10 RBI game,[10][11][12] equaling the record for most grand slams in one game.[13] Norm Zauchin has the fewest career RBIs among players who have 10 RBIs in one game with 159, while Alex Rodriguez, with 1,969, drove in more runs than any other player in this group and hit the sixth most in major league history.[14]

Of the eight players eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame who have hit 10 RBIs in a game, four 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.[15] These requirements leave one player—Rodriguez—ineligible who is active, two players ineligible who are living and have played in the past five seasons and two—Phil Weintraub and Zauchin—who did not play in 10 seasons.[16][17]

Players[edit]

A man, wearing a baseball cap with a "B" in the center and a white baseball uniform with a square-pattern design and the Brooklyn Dodgers stylized "B" logo on the left breast, looks forward smiling.
Wilbert Robinson was the first player to drive in at least 10 runs in one game, and also amassed a record seven hits in the same game.
A man, wearing a dark blue batting helmet, a grey baseball uniform with the Atlanta Braves logo across his chest partially obscured, follows through after swinging at a pitch with his bat clutched by his right hand.
Garret Anderson is the most recent player to hit 10 RBIs in one game, achieving the feat in 2007.
Key
Player Name of the player
Date Date of the game
Team The player's team at the time of the game
Opposing team The team against whom the player hit 10 runs batted in
Score Final score of the game, with the player's team score listed first
Runs batted in Number of runs batted in the player hit
Career RBI The number of runs batted in the player hit in his MLB career
dagger Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
double-dagger Player is active
MLB hitters with 10 RBI in one game
Player Date Team Opposing team Score Runs batted in Career RBI Refs
Robinson, WilbertWilbert Robinsondagger June 10, 1892 Baltimore Orioles St. Louis Browns 25.2125–4 11 722 [6][18]
Bottomley, JimJim Bottomleydagger September 16, 1924 St. Louis Cardinals Brooklyn Robins 17–3 12 1,422 [19][20]
Lazzeri, TonyTony Lazzeridagger May 24, 1936 New York Yankees Philadelphia Athletics 25.2325–2 11 1,194 [21][22]
Weintraub, PhilPhil Weintraub April 30, 1944 New York Giants Brooklyn Dodgers 26–8 11 207 [16][23]
York, RudyRudy York July 27, 1946 Boston Red Sox St. Louis Browns 13–6 10 1,152 [24][25]
Cooper, WalkerWalker Cooper July 6, 1949 Cincinnati Reds Chicago Cubs 23–4 10 812 [26][27]
Zauchin, NormNorm Zauchin May 27, 1955 Boston Red Sox Washington Senators 16–0 10 159 [17][28]
Jackson, ReggieReggie Jacksondagger June 14, 1969 Oakland Athletics Boston Red Sox 21–7 10 1,702 [29][30]
Lynn, FredFred Lynn June 18, 1975 Boston Red Sox Detroit Tigers 15.1415–1 10 1,111 [31][32]
Whiten, MarkMark Whiten September 7, 1993 St. Louis Cardinals Cincinnati Reds 15.1315–2 12 423 [33][34]
Garciaparra, NomarNomar Garciaparra May 10, 1999 Boston Red Sox Seattle Mariners 12–4 10 936 [35][36]
Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguezdouble-dagger April 26, 2005 New York Yankees Los Angeles Angels 12–4 10 1,969 [37][38]
Anderson, GarretGarret Anderson August 21, 2007 Los Angeles Angels New York Yankees 18–9 10 1,365 [39][40]

References[edit]

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