A Look at Players with Two Extra-Inning HRs in a Game

Chris Davis Orioles photo

Photo by Keith Allison

Yesterday (May 16, 2017), Orioles’ 1B Chris Davis belted a pair of extra inning home runs (a solo shot in the 12th and a two-run blast in the 13th) – as the Orioles topped Detroit 13-11 in 13 innings. (Note: The Orioles tied the game at 8 with a run in the top of the ninth, both teams scored three times in the 12th and the O’s won it on Davis’ 13th inning shot.

In belting a pair of extra inning home runs, Davis joined an elite group of just nine players (whom we’ll take a look at later in this post) to accomplish this feat.  It takes some skill, but also a bit of luck – the opposing team has to match your team’s score in the first extra frame in which you go deep.  BBRT’s digging indicates only nine players have hit two extra-inning homers in a single game. Davis, by the way, finished the game three-for-five with three runs scored, four RBI, two home runs, a double and two walks.   Resources for this post included: Baseball-Reference.com; MLB.com; Nationalpastime.com.

Davis’ feat should not be a great surprise.  The blasts were his seven and eighth round trippers of the year and the 246th and 247th of his career (he is in his tenth season). He’s a proven long ball threat with two home run titles and a season-high of 53 home runs (2013.) Yesterday’s dingers, however, were only the fourth and fifth extra-inning home runs of his career.

We’ll take a look at all the players to homer twice in a game in extra innings, but first a bit of trivia:

  • The youngest player to hit two home runs in extra innings was also the first: 22-year-old Saint Louis Browns’ SS Vern Stephens – in his second full MLB season, on September 29, 1943,
  • The oldest to accomplish the feat was 35-year-old Mets’ CF Curtis Granderson, in his 13th MLB season, on September 17, 2016.
  • Only two players on the list can claim a home run championship in their careers: Vern Stephens and Chris Davis.
  • Only one player hit more than two home runs in the game in which they had two extra-inning long balls – the Reds’ Art Shamsky hit three home runs (August 12, 1966).
  • The latest (in innings) second extra-inning home in a game came in the 19th inning – the Indians’ Willie Kirkland homered in the 11th and 19th innings on June 14, 1963.
  • Five of the nine two extra-inning homer games ended with walk-off blasts.
  • Only one of the games saw the batter with two extra-inning homers end up on the losing side.
  • Four of the nine players to hit two extra-inning home runs in a single game did not start in that game – Matt Adams, John Mayberry Jr., Mike Young and Art Shamsky.

EXTRA INNING HOMERS – NOT THAT EASY TO COME BY.

Career home run leader Barry Bonds never hit two extra inning home runs in a game and, of his 762 regular season homers, only 11 came in extra innings. In 2001, only two of his single-season record 73 round trippers came in extra frames.

If you are more of a Hank Aaron fan, 14 of Aaron’s 755 home runs came in extra innings and – like Bonds – he did not have a game in which he hit two extra-inning long balls.

Finally, going back to the Sultan of Swat, sixteen of Babe Ruth 714 home runs came in overtime – and he also did not have a game in which he hit two long balls after the ninth inning. 

Now, let’s look at the other players who hit two long-balls in extra innings in a single game – in reverse order.

Curtis Granderson – New York Mets – September 17, 2016

Curtis Granderson Mets photo

Photo by slgckgc

Mets’ CF and cleanup hitter Curtis Granderson homered in the 11th and 12th innings (both solo shots, the second a walk-off), as the Mets topped the Twins 3-2 in New York. They were his 27th and 28th round trippers in a season in which he would hit 30 long balls. Granderson, still active, has four seasons of thirty or more homers under his belt (a high of 43 in 2012) and (as this is written) five of his 295 career home runs have come in extra innings.

 

 

Matt Adams – Cardinals – September 4 – 2013

Cardinals’ 1B Matt Adams, who didn’t start the game (entered in the fourth inning), hit solo home runs in the 14th and 16th innings as Cardinals topped the Reds 5-4 in Cincinnati. Adams went two-for-five with two runs scored and two RBI in the game. The home runs were his 10th and 11th of the year. (He would hit a career-high 17 that season).   Still active, as this is written, three of Adams’ 56 career home runs have come in extra innings.

John Mayberry, Jr. – Phillies – June 4, 2013

The Phillies’ John Mayberry Jr. entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning (striking out) and stayed in to play RF.  He later tied the game at three apiece with a solo home run in the bottom of the tenth and hit a walk-off Grand Slam (the only Grand Slam of his career) in the bottom of the 11th,  giving the Phillies a 7-3 victory over the Marlins. The home runs were the third and fourth of the season for Mayberry, who would hit 11 round trippers that season.  He would finish the game two-for-three with two runs scored and five RBI. Mayberry hit just 56 home runs in a seven-season MLB career (574 games). He hit just three extra-inning round trippers.

MikeYoung – Orioles – May 28, 1987

The Orioles’ Mike Young entered this game a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth (striking out) and stayed in at DH. He later hit a solo home run in the bottom of 10th and two-run shot in the 12th (the final homer a walk-off) as the Orioles topped the Angels 8-7 (the Angels had scored in the top of the 12th.).  They were Young’s first two round trippers of 16 that season. He finished the game three-for-four with two runs scored and three RBI.  Young hit a total of 72 home runs in eight MLB seasons (635 games), with a high of 28 in 1985. He hit a total of three extra inning homers.

Ralph Garr – Braves – May 17, 1971

Braves’ LF Ralph Garr went yard in the 10th and 12th innings (both solo shorts, the second a walk-off ) as the Braves topped the Mets 4-3 in Atlanta.  Garr went three-for-six in the game, with two runs scored and two RBI. The homers were his third and fourth of a season in which he would hit nine long balls. Garr hit 75 home runs, with a high of 12 in 1972, in 13 MLB seasons. He was also the 1974 NL batting champion (.353). His two extra-inning blasts on May 17, 1972 were the only two extra-inning home runs in his career.

Art Shamsky – Reds – August 12, 1966

ShamskyReds’ LF Art Shamsky, who came in to play LF in a double switch (top of the eighth inning) hit a solo homer to tie the game in the bottom of the 10th inning and a two-run shot to tie the game again in the bottom of the 12th.  It was a big day for Shamsky, who also hit a two-run shot in the eighth. Despite his heroics, the Reds lost to the Pirates 14-11 in Cincinnati. The extra-inning homers were Shamsky’s 14th and 15th home runs of a season in which he would hit a career-high 21. Shamsky finished the day three-for-three, with three runs and five RBI. Shamky would hit 68 home runs in eight MLB seasons (665 games) and three of those would come in extra innings.

Willie Kirkland – Indians – June 14, 1963

Cleveland RF Willie Kirkland tied the Indians/Senators contest (in Cleveland) at two apiece with an 11th inning solo homer (the game had been tied 1-1 since the sixth, and the Senators scored once in the top of the 11th).  Kirkland then won the contest with walk-off homer leading off the 19th – as the Indians beat the Senators 3-2 in the second game of a doubleheader. The home runs were the fourth and fifth of the season for Kirkland, who would hit 15 that year.  For the game, he went three-for-eight, with two runs and three RBI. Kirkland hit 148 home runs in nine MLB seasons (four seasons over 20, with a high of 27 in 1961). He had five career extra inning home runs.

Vern Stephens – Browns – September 29, 1943

StephensThe AL St. Louis Browns shortstop Vern Stephens became the first MLB player to hit two extra-inning homers in the game –  rapping solo homers in the 11th and 13th innings, as the Browns beat the Red Sox 4-3 at Fenwa.  They were the 21st and 22nd home runs of the season for the power-hitting (for the time) shortstop, who finished year with 22 round trippers and had six seasons of at least 20 dingers, with a high of 39 in 1949. He also led the AL in home runs in 1945 with 24. Stephens hit 247 career regular season homers, of which seven came in extra innings.

 

 

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