Box Score of Four Home Run Game by Mike Cameron
What prompted the quote in the middle of the page? An article which appeared in The News Tribune which read in part, "(Mike) Cameron hit four home runs in four consecutive at-bats Thursday, joining an elite group of 12 other Major Leaguers that doesn't include Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds - or Ken Griffey Jr."
The "names on that list" did include the likes of Lou Gehrig, Mike Schmidt, and Willie Mays - and now Mike Cameron. Here is a brief description of each long ball hit consecutively by Cameron during this historic game:
1st Home Run: Bases empty, count 1-2, pitch from Jon Rauch hit approximately 405 feet over the wall in center field.
2nd Home Run: Bases empty, still in the first inning, count full, pitch from Jim Parque blasted approximately 425 feet over the wall in center field.
3rd Home Run: Two outs, nobody on base, third inning, count 1-2, pitch from Parque launched approximately 412 feet home run over the wall in left field.
4th Home Run: Two outs, nobody on base, fifth inning, count 2-1, pitch from Parque hurled approximately 412 feet over the wall in center field.
Baseball Almanac is pleased to present the box score from a game which manager Lou Piniella commented about, "I've seen a lot of baseball in my life, but four home runs in the first five innings of a game? No! It couldn't happen to a nicer young man."