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:
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|
|Joe DiMaggio||6/13/1937 (2)||7/9/1937|
|Joe DiMaggio||5/23/1948 (1)||5/20/1948|
|Johnny Mize||5/13/1940||7/13/1940 (1)|
|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).