Four Home Runs in One Game
Some days, a player just feels like they are "on". Only sixeen players in Major League history have been this "on". Each of these men did what seemed impossible, they hit four home runs in one game. Yes, FOUR!
Surprisingly, only one New York Yankee (Lou Gehrig) and no Boston Red Sox (Boston's Bobby Lowe was a Beaneater) has reached this pinnacle. Philadelphia has seen the feat three times over eighty years, and 2002 was the first year it has been achieved twice.
Even more interesting, both Ed Delahanty (Philadelphia) and Bob Horner (Atlanta) did not even see their team win with their effort. The American League went forty-three years without such a game (from 1959 to 2002). Five of the fifteen men to have such a game are in the Hall of Fame (Gehrig, Delahanty, Mays, Klein, and Schmidt). The RBIs received during a four homer game range from four (Cameron) to twelve (Whiten).
Every team needs a leader. These players proved to be the leaders of their teams, in a particularly difficult-even fabulous-way.