Homering and Cycling … the new Biathlon?

Coming into Friday night’s action there had at least 237 cycles in major league history, and there have been at least 510 instances of a batter hitting at least three homers in a game.  It takes a pretty unique skill set to accomplish both in a career.

Here are the players to have done so:

Adrian Beltre
Alex Rodriguez
Andre Dawson
Aubrey Huff
Babe Herman
Bill Terry
Bill White
Billy Williams
Bob Elliott
Bobby Doerr
Bobby Murcer
Brad Wilkerson
Cal Ripken
Carl Yastrzemski
Carlos Gonzalez
Chuck Klein
Cy Williams
Damion Easley
Dan Ford
Dave Kingman
Dave Winfield
Don Mueller
Earl Averill
Eric Davis
Frank Robinson
Fred Lynn
Freddie Patek
George Brett
Gil Hodges
Goose Goslin
Gus Bell
Hack Wilson
Jason Kubel
Jeff Bagwell
Jim Hickman
Jim King
Jimmie Foxx
Joe DiMaggio
John Mayberry
John Valentin
Johnny Callison
Johnny Mize
Jose Reyes
Jose Valentin
Larry Doby
Lee Walls
Lou Gehrig
Luis Gonzalez
Mark Teixeira
Mel Ott
Mickey Cochrane
Mickey Mantle
Miguel Tejada
Mike Lansing
Moose Solters
Paul Molitor
Pinky Higgins
Ralph Kiner
Sam Chapman
Stan Musial
Ted Williams
Tim Raines
Todd Helton
Tony Horton
Tony Lazzeri
Travis Hafner
Willie Stargell

Yes, Freddie Patek did hit three homers in a game once.  Dave Kingman did hit for the cycle in a contest.  But has any player accomplished both in the same season?  Before tonight, 15 players have pulled it off, including Joe DiMaggio doing it in two different seasons.

Name 3 or more HR Cycle
Andre Dawson 8/1/1987 4/29/1987
Babe Herman 7/20/1933 9/30/1933
Dave Winfield 4/13/1991 6/24/1991
Frank Robinson 8/22/1959 5/2/1959
George Brett 7/22/1979 5/28/1979
Hack Wilson 7/26/1930 6/23/1930
Jim King 6/8/1964 5/26/1964
Jimmie Foxx 6/8/1933 8/14/1933
Joe DiMaggio 6/13/1937 (2) 7/9/1937
Joe DiMaggio 5/23/1948 (1) 5/20/1948
John Mayberry 6/1/1977 8/5/1977
Johnny Mize 5/13/1940 7/13/1940 (1)
Jose Reyes 8/15/2006 6/21/2006
Miguel Tejada 6/30/2001 9/29/2001
Ted Williams 7/14/1946 (1) 7/21/1946 (2)
Tony Horton 5/24/1970 (2) 7/2/1970

Adrian Beltre added his name to this list on Friday, as he followed up a three-homer night on Wednesday with a cycle two games later in the Rangers 8-0 win over the Twins.  He thus undercuts DiMaggio for the fewest games between these two events (DiMaggio did it three games apart in 1948).

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