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Missing the cycle by a single

Posted by Andy on April 21, 2010

Earlier this season, the Rockies' Ian Stewart had his second career game where he missed the cycle by a single. This is the rarest way of missing the cycle by one type of hit.

Within the years covered by the Game Finder, here are the players with the most career "cycle-misses-by-a-single":

Rk Player #Matching PA AB 1B H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
1 Manny Trillo 3 Ind. Games 13 13 0 9 3 3 3 10 0 1 .692 .692 2.077 2.769 0 0 0 0 0
2 Babe Ruth 3 Ind. Games 15 15 0 9 3 3 3 7 0 0 .600 .600 1.800 2.400 0 0 0
3 Frank Robinson 3 Ind. Games 14 14 0 9 3 3 3 6 0 1 .643 .643 1.929 2.571 0 0 0 0 0
4 Gregg Jefferies 3 Ind. Games 13 13 0 9 3 3 3 6 0 1 .692 .692 2.077 2.769 0 0 0 0 0
5 Brian Giles 3 Ind. Games 13 10 0 9 3 3 3 6 2 1 .900 .923 2.700 3.623 0 0 1 1 0
6 Lou Gehrig 3 Ind. Games 16 15 0 10 3 3 4 11 1 0 .667 .688 2.067 2.754 0 0 0
7 Joe Cronin 3 Ind. Games 15 13 0 9 3 3 3 8 2 1 .692 .733 2.077 2.810 0 0 0
8 Ellis Burks 3 Ind. Games 14 12 0 9 3 3 3 10 1 1 .750 .714 2.250 2.964 0 1 1 0 0
9 Hank Aaron 3 Ind. Games 15 15 0 10 3 3 4 11 0 2 .667 .667 2.067 2.733 0 0 0 0 0
10 Ken Williams 2 Ind. Games 11 11 0 6 2 2 2 5 0 0 .545 .545 1.636 2.182 0 0 0
11 Lou Whitaker 2 Ind. Games 10 9 0 7 3 2 2 3 1 1 .778 .800 2.222 3.022 0 0 0 0 0
12 Larry Walker 2 Ind. Games 9 9 0 7 2 2 3 8 0 0 .778 .778 2.444 3.222 0 0 0 0 0
13 Ian Stewart 2 Ind. Games 8 8 0 6 2 2 2 4 0 2 .750 .750 2.250 3.000 0 0 0 0 0
14 Al Simmons 2 Ind. Games 9 8 0 6 2 2 2 5 1 0 .750 .778 2.250 3.028 0 0 0
15 Gary Sheffield 2 Ind. Games 10 8 0 7 2 2 3 8 1 1 .875 .900 2.750 3.650 0 0 0 1 0
16 Mike Schmidt 2 Ind. Games 10 10 0 6 2 2 2 5 0 1 .600 .600 1.800 2.400 0 0 0 0 0
17 Edd Roush 2 Ind. Games 9 7 0 6 2 2 2 6 2 0 .857 .889 2.571 3.460 0 0 0
18 Dave Parker 2 Ind. Games 10 9 0 6 2 2 2 8 1 1 .667 .700 2.000 2.700 0 0 0 0 1
19 Magglio Ordonez 2 Ind. Games 9 9 0 6 2 2 2 6 0 2 .667 .667 2.000 2.667 0 0 0 0 0
20 Hal McRae 2 Ind. Games 13 11 0 6 2 2 2 7 2 0 .545 .615 1.636 2.252 0 0 0 0 0
21 Eddie Mathews 2 Ind. Games 10 10 0 6 2 2 2 5 0 4 .600 .600 1.800 2.400 0 0 0 0 0
22 Roger Maris 2 Ind. Games 11 11 0 7 2 2 3 7 0 0 .636 .636 2.000 2.636 0 0 0 0 0
23 Al Kaline 2 Ind. Games 10 10 0 7 3 2 2 4 0 0 .700 .700 2.000 2.700 0 0 0 0 0
24 Travis Jackson 2 Ind. Games 13 12 0 7 2 2 3 8 1 0 .583 .615 1.833 2.449 0 0 0
25 Raul Ibanez 2 Ind. Games 9 8 0 7 2 2 3 9 1 0 .875 .889 2.750 3.639 0 0 1 0 0
Rk Player #Matching PA AB 1B H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
26 Ken Harrelson 2 Ind. Games 8 8 0 6 2 2 2 6 0 0 .750 .750 2.250 3.000 0 0 0 0 0
27 Chick Hafey 2 Ind. Games 10 9 0 6 2 2 2 10 1 0 .667 .700 2.000 2.700 0 0 0
28 Nomar Garciaparra 2 Ind. Games 9 8 0 6 2 2 2 4 1 0 .750 .778 2.250 3.028 0 0 0 0 0
29 Jimmie Foxx 2 Ind. Games 9 8 0 7 2 2 3 5 1 0 .875 .889 2.750 3.639 0 0 0
30 Steve Finley 2 Ind. Games 10 10 0 6 2 2 2 6 0 2 .600 .600 1.800 2.400 0 0 0 0 0
31 Joe DiMaggio 2 Ind. Games 10 10 0 6 2 2 2 9 0 0 .600 .600 1.800 2.400 0 0 0
32 Andre Dawson 2 Ind. Games 9 9 0 6 2 2 2 5 0 0 .667 .667 2.000 2.667 0 0 0 0 0
33 Jose Cruz 2 Ind. Games 9 9 0 6 2 2 2 7 0 2 .667 .667 2.000 2.667 0 0 0 0 0
34 Joe Carter 2 Ind. Games 9 9 0 6 2 2 2 5 0 2 .667 .667 2.000 2.667 0 0 0 0 0
35 Bruce Campbell 2 Ind. Games 10 8 0 6 2 2 2 6 2 0 .750 .800 2.250 3.050 0 0 0
36 Johnny Callison 2 Ind. Games 10 10 0 6 2 2 2 8 0 0 .600 .600 1.800 2.400 0 0 0 0 0
37 George Brett 2 Ind. Games 8 8 0 6 2 2 2 4 0 0 .750 .750 2.250 3.000 0 0 0 0 0
38 Jim Bottomley 2 Ind. Games 11 8 0 6 2 2 2 3 3 0 .750 .818 2.250 3.068 0 0 0
39 Barry Bonds 2 Ind. Games 11 10 0 6 2 2 2 3 1 3 .600 .636 1.800 2.436 0 0 1 0 0
40 Moises Alou 2 Ind. Games 12 10 0 6 2 2 2 4 1 1 .600 .667 1.800 2.467 0 0 0 1 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/20/2010.

Incidentally, if the search is limited to just the first 300 games of a player's career, only 3 of the guys above stay on the list: Gregg Jefferies with 3 and Stewart and Joe DiMaggio with 2 apiece.

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8 Responses to “Missing the cycle by a single”

  1. SJBlonger Says:

    That top grouping has some very odd bedfellows.

  2. Two of Jeffries's three times came within a 10-game period (August 29 and September 9, 1988)!

  3. Manny Trillo?

  4. Trillo was not a terrible hitter (.263 Career Avg) but he only Slugged .345!!! That means a huge % of his hits were singles - so to accomplish this 3 times is ridiculous. I love baseball stats.

  5. Surprised to see Sheff with the highest OPS in this group.

  6. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Perhaps what's most impressive about Stewart's making this list is the fact that, as of today, he has only six career triples. What are the odds that he'd hit two of those triples in games where he also had a double and a homer but no single?

  7. DoubleDiamond Says:

    Maybe Bonds would have gotten that single had it not been for that IBB in one of the games. Nah, he would have probably hit another home run.

  8. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Kind of a rally-killer that way, Bonds was.