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More on John Buck’s 3-HR game

Posted by Andy on April 30, 2010

By now you know that John Buck hit 3 homers in a game last night. Here are a couple of things you might not have known.

Catchers don't do this all that often. For the years available with box scores, he's just the 27th guy playing at catcher to pull it off:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO WPA RE24 aLI BOP Pos. Summary
2 John Buck 2010-04-29 TOR OAK W 6-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0.448 4.094 1.005 8 C
3 Victor Martinez 2004-07-16 CLE SEA W 18-6 6 5 3 5 0 0 3 7 1 0 0 0.130 6.116 .403 4 C
4 Mike Lieberthal 2002-08-10 PHI LAD L 8-10 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 0.397 3.867 .948 6 C
5 Jason Varitek 2001-05-20 BOS KCR W 10-3 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 0.291 5.444 .660 8 C
6 Darrin Fletcher 2000-08-27 TOR TEX W 6-4 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0.296 2.719 .812 7 C
7 Ivan Rodriguez 1997-09-11 TEX MIN W 7-0 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0.267 4.176 .702 2 C
8 Bobby Estalella 1997-09-04 PHI MON W 6-4 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 0.498 3.710 .785 7 C
9 Benito Santiago 1996-09-15 PHI CHC W 6-1 4 3 3 3 0 0 3 6 1 0 0 0.383 5.213 1.030 4 C
10 Mike Piazza 1996-06-29 LAD COL W 13-10 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0.209 3.965 .796 3 C
11 Dan Wilson 1996-04-11 SEA DET W 9-1 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0.244 3.581 .590 8 C
12 Mike Stanley 1995-08-10 (1) NYY CLE L 9-10 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 0.505 4.997 1.628 7 C
13 Ernie Whitt 1987-09-14 TOR BAL W 18-3 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0.099 4.202 .240 5 C
14 Gary Carter 1985-09-03 NYM SDP W 8-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0.341 4.788 .530 4 C
15 Johnny Bench 1980-05-29 CIN SDP W 5-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 0.247 3.598 .425 5 C
16 Dale Murphy 1979-05-18 ATL SFG W 6-4 4 3 3 3 0 0 3 5 1 0 0 0.313 4.739 .660 4 C
17 Gary Carter 1977-04-20 MON PIT L 6-8 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0.129 3.312 .737 7 C
18 George Mitterwald 1974-04-17 CHC PIT W 18-9 5 4 3 4 1 0 3 8 1 0 0 0.387 7.604 .698 7 C
19 Johnny Bench 1973-05-09 CIN PHI W 9-7 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 7 1 0 0 0.957 6.120 1.096 3 C
20 Bill Freehan 1971-08-09 DET BOS L 11-12 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0.459 2.960 1.016 6 C
21 Bob Tillman 1969-07-30 (1) ATL PHI W 6-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0.248 3.490 .305 7 C
22 Gene Oliver 1966-07-30 (2) ATL SFG W 15-2 5 4 4 4 0 0 3 7 1 1 0 0.265 6.659 .390 5 C
23 Don Leppert 1963-04-11 WSA BOS W 8-0 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0.234 5.031 .670 6 C
24 Ed Bailey 1956-06-24 (1) CIN BRO W 10-6 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0.303 3.789 1.118 6 C
25 Smoky Burgess 1955-07-29 CIN PIT W 16-5 6 6 3 4 0 0 3 9 0 0 0 0.384 5.768 .672 2 C
26 Bill Dickey 1939-07-26 NYY SLB W 14-1 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 5 0 0 0.000 0.000 5 C
27 Mickey Cochrane 1925-05-21 PHA SLB W 20-4 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 1 0.000 0.000 8 C
28 Butch Henline 1922-09-15 PHI STL W 10-9 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 1 0.000 0.000 5 C
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Generated 4/30/2010.

(When I did the sort, the rank got messed up, hence numbering from 2 to 28...)

Johnny Bench and Gary Carter are the guys to do it multiple times. For comparison, first basemen have done it 100 times, led by Mark McGwire, Carlos Delgado, and Lou Gehrig with 4 apiece.

One weird thing is that Buck i snow hitting just .194, a remarkably low batting average for a guy to hit 3 HR.   I went back more than 10 years and couldn't find anybody else with a 3-HR game and such a low BA after the game. Next closest was Steve Finley hitting .235 after his 3-HR game in 2004. Like Buck's game, Finley's came fairly early in the season. A little more digging found Dan Wilson next in this 1996 game, after which he was hitting .222. This was just the Mariners' 9th game of the season and Wilson finished the year at .285.

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2 Responses to “More on John Buck’s 3-HR game”

  1. Dale Murphy is an interesting one. It was his third to last game at catcher. He also would never have a 3 HR game as an outfielder or first baseman.

  2. Roy Campanella hit 3 for Brooklyn on 26 August 1950 - I assume he was catching that day. Wes Westrum did it for the Giants, 24 June 1950.