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Most Home Runs Without a 3 Homer Game

Posted by Raphy on February 23, 2009

Recently, Andy looked at the unlikely players who hit 3 home runs in a game.  I'd like to do the opposite and find the home run hitters who have never have hit 3 in one game.  Since 1956,  35 players have  400 or more home runs. Three of those players (the ones on  this list whose career home runs are all accounted for) never hit 3 in one game*:

  Cnt Player             **HR** From  To   Ages   G    PA    AB    R    H   2B  3B  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions Teams
+----+-----------------+-------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+-----------+
    7 Rafael Palmeiro     569   1986 2005 21-40 2831 12046 10472 1663 3020 585  38 1835 1353 171 1348  87  15 119 231   97  40  .288  .371  .515  .886 *3D7/98   CHC-TEX-BAL
   18 Gary Sheffield      499   1988 2008 19-39 2476 10635  8949 1592 2615 454  25 1633 1435 127 1125 133   9 109 225  251 103  .292  .394  .516  .910 957D/63   MIL-SDP-TOT-FLA-LAD-ATL-NYY-DET
   19 Fred McGriff        493   1986 2004 22-40 2460 10174  8757 1349 2490 441  24 1550 1305 171 1882  39   2  71 226   72  38  .284  .377  .509  .886 *3D       TOR-SDP-TOT-ATL-TBD-TOT-CHC-LAD-TBD
   

It is interesting that (before the streroid scandall) these players all sort of had the same reputation; players who no one thought of as Hall-of-Famers that all of a sudden had career numbers to warrant a discussion.

* Note: Mickey Mantle hit 415 home runs from 1956 until the end of his career without a three home run game.  However, according to this list, Mantle had a 3 home run game on May 13, 1955.

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2 Responses to “Most Home Runs Without a 3 Homer Game”

  1. Interesting list. I'm not sure the crime dog was invovled in the steroid scandal, and if he wasn't, its a real shame he finished 7 homers short of the 500 mark.

    Also, too add to andys other list, Bobby Estella in 1997 hit 3 homers in one game while having just FOUR for the entire year in just 13 games

  2. I have the SABR HR Encyclopedia, which is up-to-date through 1995. At that time, there were 25 players with 400+ career homers, and every one of them had at least one three-homer game. You had to go down to #28, Graig Nettles, 390 HR, to find a player without one. But just below Nettles, there were quite a few; Dwight Evans at 385, Frank Howard at 382, Perez, Cash, Fisk and Hodges in the 370s, and not a 3-homer game between them.