Posted by Raphy on February 17, 2011
From 1974-2010 (The era for which the batting event finder is complete.) forty-eight players hit more home runs than Jack Clark's 340. Yet no one hit more than Clark in extra innings. Of his 340 home runs, 18 (5.3 %) came in extra frames. Here are the leaders in extra-inning home runs since 1974.
Clark has quite a lead. How this ranks historically is hard to say. While the event finder does not have complete results prior to 1974, we can also use the HR logs to look up the number of extra-inning home runs each player hit. Checking every player would be a Herculean task, but here are the totals for the 500 HR club.
Only Willie Mays tops Clark's total of 18. Obviously, all these numbers need to be viewed in the context of opportunity and circumstance. Never-the-less, it is surprising to see Clark's name near the top of this list.