Despite the 2012 MLB season being very young we’ve already witnessed plenty of exciting plays, extra innings and memorable moments.
Even before all of this I was excited for the new baseball season, more so than in recent memory. Then, there was Philip Humber of the White Sox pictching the 21st perfect game in baseball history on April 21, 2012 and Bryce Harper’s major league debut a week later on April 28. Indeed, this baseball season was beginning out great.
But, even those history-in-the-making-moments were quickly replaced when Josh Hamilton had a 4-home-run night on May 8, 2012.
Whether you like Hamilton or not, or even think that hammering 4-homers in a game is not that big a deal, you’d be foolishly wrong.
The reason that the sports world was almost only talking about that night was that it was an incredible feat. So incredible that only 15 other players of have done it during baseball’s existence.
Bobby Lowe – May 30, 1894
Ed Delahanty – July 13, 1896
Lou Gehrig – June 3, 1932
Chuck Klein – July 10, 1936
Pat Seerey – July 18, 1948
Gil Hodges – August 31, 1950
Joe Adcock – July 31, 1954
Rocky Colavito – June 10, 1959
Willie Mays – April 30, 1961
Mike Schmidt – April 17, 1976
Bob Horner – July 6, 1986
Mark Whiten – September 7, 1993
Mike Cameron – May 2, 2002
Shawn Green – May 23, 2002
Carlos Delgado – September 25, 2003
Josh Hamilton – May 8, 2012
What’s really interesting about this list is that it doesn’t include most of the quintessential home-run hitters, like Babe Ruth, Micky Mantle, Hank Aaron, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds or Alex Rodriquez. In fact, only two players included, Willie Mays and Mike Schmidt are in the 500 home run club, and only Mays is in the even more exclusive 600 home run club.
Also, out of the 16 players, only five of them are currently in the Hall of Fame (Ed Delahanty, Lou Gehrig, Chuck Klein, Willie Mays and Mike Schmidt). Needless to say, Hamilton is in good company.
But, we’ll just let baseball nerd Tim Kurkjian explain why else this was an historic night for baseball.
With Hamilton being the only active player still in the game on the list, it’s very possible that he could become the only player to accomplish the rare feat twice. While that’s highly unlikely, it’s still an amazing accolade just to do it once. And, the four-time All-Star still has plenty of time to add his name to other historic baseball lists.
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