List of Major League Baseball single-game records

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The following is a List of Single-Game Baseball Records and unusual events. The following criteria are used for inclusion:

  • Only events occurring within a single plate appearance, inning, or game are included; cumulative or aggregate records achieved over more than one game are not listed.
  • Events occurring during post-season play are included, but events occurring during an All-Star Game are not included.


Individual batting/hitting[edit]

Event # of occurrences References
10 or more runs batted in during a game 12 Baseball Almanac
Hitting for the natural cycle 13 Baseball Almanac
6 singles in a 9-inning game 14 Baseball Almanac
4 home runs in a game 16 Baseball Almanac
6 runs scored in a game 15 Baseball Almanac
Home run on first pitch in the major leagues 25 Baseball Almanac
Home run in final at bat in the major leagues 41 Baseball Almanac
Home run in first at bat in the major leagues 106 Baseball Almanac
Inside-the-park grand slam 223[15]
Hitting for the cycle 292[16]

Collective batting/hitting[edit]

Event # of occurrences References
Two inside the park grand slams by two teammates in a game 1d Baseball Almanac
2 pinch-hit grand slams (by batters on different teams) in a game 1e Baseball Almanac
10 home runs by one team in a game 1l Baseball Almanac
Home runs by same 2 consecutive batters twice in same inning 1v AP Online
5 sacrifice flies by one team in a game 2m CBS Sportsline
9 or more home runs by one team in a game 2 Baseball Almanac
5 or more home runs by one team in an inning 1x Wikipedia
3 grand slams by both teams in a game 3 Baseball Almanac
3 sacrifice flies by one team in a single inning[17] 4 Baseball Almanac
4 home runs by 4 consecutive batters 7q Baseball Almanac
3 grand slams by one team in a game 1 Washington Post

Individual pitching[edit]

  • 21 strikeouts in a game. Number of occurrences: 1.[18] Tom Cheney, September 12, 1962. (Pitched 16 innings).
  • 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game. Number of occurrences: 3.[18] Roger Clemens 1986 and 1996 struck out 20. Most recently, Kerry Wood, May 6, 1998. In 2001, Randy Johnson also struck out 20 in a 9-inning start, but the game went on to extra innings.
  • 26 innings pitched in a game. Number of occurrences: 2.[19] Leon Cadore and Joe Oeschger, May 1, 1920. (Same game.)
  • 4 consecutive home runs allowed. Number of occurrences: 3.[20][21] Paul Foytack, July 31, 1963; Chase Wright, April 22, 2007, Dave Bush, August 11, 2010.
  • 7 home runs allowed in a game. Number of occurrences: 1.[22] Charlie Sweeney, June 12, 1886.
  • 5 wild pitches in one game. Number of occurrences: 5.[23][24] Most recently, Freddy García, April 10, 2012. Rick Ankiel of the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals and Bert Cunningham of the 1890 Players League both threw five wild pitches in a single inning.
  • 26 hits allowed in a game. Number of occurrences: 1. Allan Travers, May 18, 1912.
  • 29 hits allowed in an extra-inning game. Number of occurrences: 1. Eddie Rommel (17 innings), July 10, 1932.
Event # of occurrences References
10 consecutive strikeouts in a game 1t Baseball Almanac
20 or more consecutive scoreless innings pitched in a game 2 Baseball Almanac
First 27 batters retired without a perfect game[25] 2
Base on balls given to the first 4 batters 4 Baseball Almanac
6 or more home runs surrendered in a game 4 Baseball Almanac
Intentional base on balls with the bases loaded[26] 6 Baseball Almanac
Home run surrendered on first pitch in major leagues 7[27] Baseball Almanac
Perfect game bid lost on the 27th batter 12
4 consecutive strikeouts in a single inning[28] 16[29] Baseball Almanac
Perfect game 23[30]
4 strikeouts in a single inning[28] 61 Baseball Almanac
Home run surrendered to first batter faced in major leagues 68[31] Baseball Almanac
9 pitches, 9 strikes, side retired 75 Baseball Almanac
No-hitter 281

Fielding[edit]

Baserunning[edit]

Event # of occurrences References
Two triple steals by the same team in a game 1n Baseball Almanac
A single baserunner caught stealing 4 times in a game 1o Baseball Almanac
8 stolen bases by a team in a single inning 2 Baseball Almanac
Home stolen 3 times by the same team in a game 5 Baseball Almanac
A single baserunner caught stealing twice in a single inning 10 Baseball Almanac
Home stolen twice by a single baserunner in a game 11 Baseball Almanac
One player stealing second, third, and home in a single inning 50 Baseball Almanac

Unique events[edit]

Letters identify the individuals or teams that accomplished the feat.

d. Jimmy Sheckard and Joe Kelley, Brooklyn Superbas, September 23, 1901
e. Pat Crawford (New York Giants) and Les Bell (Boston Braves), May 26, 1929
f. Tony Lazzeri, New York Yankees, June 3, 1932
h. Bill Joyce, New York Giants, May 18, 1897
i. Andre Dawson, Chicago Cubs, May 22, 1990
j. Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants, May 1, 2004
k. Minnesota Twins, July 17, 1990
l. Toronto Blue Jays, September 14, 1987
m. Seattle Mariners, August 7, 1988; Colorado Rockies, June 7, 2006
n. Philadelphia Athletics, July 25, 1930
o. Robby Thompson, San Francisco Giants, June 27, 1986
p. Harvey Haddix, Pittsburgh Pirates, May 26, 1959
q. See Baseball Almanac under "Most Consecutively" for full list
r. Charlie Sweeney, St. Louis Maroons, June 12, 1886
s. Tom Cheney, Washington Senators, September 12, 1962
t. Tom Seaver, New York Mets, April 22, 1970
u. Toby Harrah, Texas Rangers, June 25, 1976
v. Mike Cameron and Bret Boone, Seattle Mariners, May 2, 2002 (Mike Cameron went on to hit 4 home runs and tie the major-league record in the game).
x. Tony Oliva, Harmon Killebrew, Don Mincher, Rich Rollins and Zoilo Versalles, Minnesota Twins, June 9, 1966

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 4 Home Runs in 1 Game by Baseball Almanac
  2. ^ a b 2 Grand Slams In 1 Game by Baseball Almanac
  3. ^ Home Run From Both Sides Of The Plate In One Game
  4. ^ Grand Slam Records
  5. ^ Total Bases Records by Baseball Almanac
  6. ^ a b Hits Records by Baseball Almanac : Hits in a Career, Hits in a Single Season and Hits in a Game Records
  7. ^ Six Hits in One Game by Baseball Almanac
  8. ^ Triples Records by Baseball Almanac
  9. ^ a b Intentional Bases On Balls Records by Baseball Almanac
  10. ^ a b Runs Scored Records by Baseball Almanac
  11. ^ Runs Batted in Records by Baseball Almanac
  12. ^ Grounding Into Double Plays Records by Baseball Almanac
  13. ^ Sacrifice Flies Records by Baseball Almanac
  14. ^ Seattle Mariners ride flurry of sacrifice flies to 11-6 victory over Kansas City Royals (Seattle Times, 16 April 2008, last accessed 28 July 2009)
  15. ^ As of 2002. This event was much more common before the modern era (i.e. the turn of the 20th century); there have been only 40 inside-the-park grand slams since 1950.)
  16. ^ As of 3 September 2011.
  17. ^ This may seem impossible. However, a sacrifice fly can be awarded without an out being recorded, if the fielder in question commits an error.
  18. ^ a b Strikeout Records by Pitchers including Career Strikeouts, Single Season Strikeouts and Strikeouts in a Game Records, by Baseball Almanac
  19. ^ Innings Pitched Records & Scoreless Innings Pitched Records, by Baseball Almanac
  20. ^ The Official Site of The New York Yankees: News: New York Yankees News
  21. ^ Home Runs Allowed Records, by Baseball Almanac
  22. ^ Home Runs Allowed Records by Baseball Almanac
  23. ^ Wild Pitch Records, by Baseball Almanac
  24. ^ Cards beat Braves in wild one
  25. ^ This may seem impossible. However, by definition a perfect game requires more than simply retiring the first 27 batters in order; it also requires that the pitcher's team wins, and that the pitcher completes the entire game. See perfect game for more details.
  26. ^ These six events may be the only times in the history of baseball when a team has deliberately and with premeditation allowed a run to score by the opposing team for strategic purposes. It is true that there are cases where a particular choice of defensive alignment may make scoring more likely, and there are cases where decisions made in the moment of play allow a run to score in exchange for other strategic purposes, but intentionally walking in a run is clearly in a different class of strategic maneuver. This may also have occurred when a pitcher was instructed to deliberately hit a batter with the bases loaded, but in this case, intention is not provable.
  27. ^ Baseball Reference lists 6, but Hideki Okajima surrendered a home run on his first pitch April 2, 2007.
  28. ^ a b This is possible when a batter who has been struck out reaches first base safely under a dropped third strike. That is, if strike three is recorded on the batter but the catcher does not catch the ball to complete the putout (likely because of a wild pitch or passed ball) and first base is unoccupied, the batter may advance to first; the pitcher is credited with a strikeout, but no out is recorded.
  29. ^ The Baseball Almanac states that 16 pitchers have accomplished this feat. Of these, all but Chuck Finley have only once struck out 4 batters in a single inning (consecutively or otherwise). Finley however did it 3 times, but the Baseball Almanac does not state how many of those were consecutive strikeouts (i.e., whether it was once, twice, or all 3 times).
  30. ^ Some sources do not include the two perfect games thrown in the 19th century, because of differences in the rules of play, and thus list only twenty perfect games.
  31. ^ Baseball Reference lists 64, but Russ Johnson took Shane Komine deep in Komine's 2nd pitch on July 30, 2006.
  32. ^ Baseball's Triple Plays - Trivia & Miscellanea
  33. ^ The Official Site of The Texas Rangers: History: Rangers Timeline
  34. ^ Unassisted Triple Plays by Baseball Almanac
  35. ^ [1] USAToday.com

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