You Are Here > Baseball-Reference.com > Blog >

SITE NEWS: We are moving all of our site and company news into a single blog for Sports-Reference.com. We'll tag all B-R content, so you can quickly and easily find the content you want.

Also, our existing B-R blog rss feed will be redirected to the new site's feed.

Baseball-Reference.com ยป Sports Reference

For more from Andy and the gang, check out their new site High Heat Stats.

Jason Giambi is one of the oldest players to hit 3 homers in a game

Posted by Andy on May 19, 2011

Damn straight, I wrote about how long it took for a 3-HR game in the majors this year, and now they are coming in rapid-fire fashion.

Jason Giambi already has 3 homers against the Phillies tonight. He'll have a shot at 4.

Going back to 1919, the oldest players to hit 3 homers in a game are:

Rk Player Age Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO WPA RE24 aLI BOP Pos. Summary
1 Stan Musial 41.229 1962-07-08 STL NYM W 15-1 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 1 1 0.122 4.045 .270 4 LF
2 Reggie Jackson 40.123 1986-09-18 CAL KCR W 18-3 6 4 4 3 0 0 3 7 2 0 0.175 5.664 .348 4 DH
3 Babe Ruth 40.108 1935-05-25 BSN PIT L 7-11 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 6 0 0 0.000 0.000 3 RF
4 Dave Winfield 39.192 1991-04-13 CAL MIN W 15-9 6 6 4 5 1 0 3 6 0 0 0.340 5.613 .538 4 RF
5 Frank Thomas 39.113 2007-09-17 TOR BOS W 6-1 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0.228 3.841 .660 4 DH
6 Bob Thurman 39.096 1956-08-18 CIN MLN W 13-4 5 5 4 4 1 0 3 4 0 0 0.219 4.050 .438 3 LF
7 Steve Finley 39.047 2004-04-28 ARI CHC L 3-4 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0.539 2.886 .930 5 CF
8 Ted Williams 38.287 1957-06-13 BOS CLE W 9-3 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 1 0.347 4.273 .538 3 LF
9 Ted Williams 38.251 1957-05-08 BOS CHW W 4-1 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 1 0 0.280 3.511 .446 3 LF
10 Ty Cobb 38.138 1925-05-05 DET SLB W 14-8 6 6 4 6 1 0 3 5 0 0 0.000 0.000 3 CF
11 Lee Lacy 38.059 1986-06-08 BAL NYY W 18-9 6 6 4 4 0 0 3 6 0 0 0.216 3.785 .333 2 RF
12 Barry Bonds 38.034 2002-08-27 SFG COL W 7-4 5 4 4 4 1 0 3 3 1 0 0.481 4.116 .856 3 LF
13 Mike Schmidt 37.260 1987-06-14 PHI MON W 11-6 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0.279 5.288 .733 4 3B
14 Johnny Mize 37.251 1950-09-15 NYY DET L 7-9 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 1 0.000 0.000 5 1B
15 Larry Walker 37.207 2004-06-25 COL CLE W 10-8 6 4 4 4 1 0 3 5 2 0 0.808 5.572 1.787 5 RF
16 Barry Bonds 37.047 2001-09-09 SFG COL W 9-4 6 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 1 1 0.227 4.124 1.133 3 LF
17 Pete Rose 37.015 1978-04-29 CIN NYM W 14-7 6 6 4 5 0 0 3 4 0 1 0.281 4.320 .578 1 3B
18 Moises Alou 37.001 2003-07-04 CHC STL L 8-11 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 1 0.060 4.177 .456 4 LF
19 Barry Bonds 36.299 2001-05-19 SFG ATL W 6-3 5 5 3 4 1 0 3 3 0 1 0.481 3.638 1.110 3 LF
20 Jack Fournier 36.288 1926-07-13 BRO STL L 10-12 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0.000 0.000 3 1B
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/19/2011.

Today Giambi is 40 years, 131 days old, making him the second-oldest to accomplish the feat (at least since 1919).

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2011 at 9:51 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Jason Giambi is one of the oldest players to hit 3 homers in a game”

  1. The greats are still great late. By my count 14 of the 20 spots are either
    HOF or should be, gambling illness aside.

    Also, those three homers by the Babe were the final three of his career.
    Also, one of them, not sure which, cleared an 89 ft. roof in rightfield and
    is generally considered the longest homer hit in the history of Forbes
    Field, 1909-70.

  2. A lot of names it's no surprise to see on that list. Fournier spent 3 years in his prime tearing up the PCL because Charlie Commiskey was an idiot, Thurman was a victim of Jim Crow. Lee Lacy is the only real shocker on the list.

  3. Today Giambi is 40 years, 131 days old, making him the second-oldest to accomplish the feat (at least since 1919).

    Make that all-time. Before 1919, no player in his age 39 season or older hit as many as 3 HRs in a game.

    source: PI season finder and HR logs

  4. I saw the Dave Winfield game in person, I was 10 years old and pretty impressed by Winfield's power!

  5. mccombe35 Says:

    Pete Rose is the name that stands out to me.

    I remember the Frank Thomas game. It was awesome to see the "washed up" Frank have a game like that (even in a different uniform).

  6. Kingturtle Says:

    i saw the pete rose game on tv. i was eleven years old, living in rochester, ny. i was a reds fan, through and through, because of the big red machine. but there were few opportunities to see them play on national tv. when we got cable tv, i got mets games on WOR and yankee games on WPIX. the mets were boring, except when kingman played. and the yankees were exciting. but i made sure to watch the mets games when they played the reds. which only happened a dozen times a year. i remember the focus during the game was on his chase for 3000 hits, which he was closing in on. no one was thinking about him hitting home runs. and i remember that rose left the game before it ended. and the guys in the booth kept saying 'we're trying to get pete on the air after the game'...and they did. he was the guest for Kiner's Korner, and I was elated.

  7. In fairness, Giambi hit his HR off Kendrick and Baez so it's like he hit them in AAA

  8. Nash Bruce Says:

    @6: grew up in So. Jersey, but still got the WOR, and WPIX, on basic cable.....a little later in my life. Would have been two years old, when Rose's game occurred (Rose's name, as Mccombe also said, is the one, from this list, that jumped out at me, as well), but, guess the point is, I still do remember "Kiner's Korner". So I can kind of see it all happening, including Kingman- (the second time around w/the Mets, anyways) god the Mets were awful in the early 80's! *smiles
    Thanks for the memories!!

  9. Larry R. Says:

    Finley, Williams...and now Giambi. The 3 geezers whose HRs accounted for all their team's runs.

  10. No middle infielders, no catchers. Not a surprise since guys usually get moved off those positions by the above ages, not to mention many years of light hitting at those spots.

  11. Also, surprised there isn't more DHs.

  12. How about that game by Cobb!

    6 for 6 with 3 home runs in a game in 1925!

  13. The best thing about this list for me is it made me look up Bob Thurman who I had never heard of.

    He made his MLB debut a month before turning 38. He slugged .542 as a part-time outfielder at age 40.

    He didn't play in the minors before age 32. I wondered why and then looked up his bio. He played Negro Leagues before that.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Thurman

    So here you have a Negro League star who didn't make his MLB debut until 1955. Man we missed out on a lot of good players even 6 or 7 years after jackie Robinson. What a bunch of dopes back then...

  14. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    @12/ Doug B Says: "How about that game by Cobb! 6 for 6 with 3 home runs in a game in 1925!""

    Even better, he told reporters before that game that for the first time in his life, he would be deliberately trying to hit home runs. I guess he was trying to show that he could "out-Babe" the Babe if he felt like it.

  15. John Autin Says:

    Frankly, I'm disappointed in that game by the 38-year-old Cobb. If he had stretched one of his singles into a triple, he could have been the only player ever to hit for the cycle with 3 HRs!

    In fact, I'll bet that he should have had a triple, but thought he had hit a 4th HR, got caught admiring the blast, then jogged sheepishly to 1st base....

  16. Williams doing it twice in 5 weeks - that is impressive.

    And, both were road games, one in Cleveland Stadium !