Grand slam

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A grand slam is a home run hit with runners on first, second, and third base. It is the ultimate hit in baseball as it scores four runs.

The all-time leaders in grand slams is Alex Rodriguez with 25 in his career, spent entirely in the American League, two more than Lou Gehrig, who also only played in the junior circuit. Willie McCovey is the National League leader with 18.

The single-season leaders with 6 grand slams each are Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees in 1987 and Travis Hafner of the Cleveland Indians in 2006. The National League record of 5 grand slams is shared by Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs in 1955 and Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009. In the minor leagues, Bob Crues hit 8 grand slams in the very hitter-friendly West Texas-New Mexico League in 1948.

In the early days of baseball, a grand slam was often an inside-the-park home run, but nowadays that is exceedingly rare.

Many teams have hit two grand slams in one game, but on August 25, 2011, the New York Yankees became the first team in major league history to hit three. Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson all hit homers with the bases loaded in a 22-9 win over the Oakland A's.

Two Grand Slams in a Game[edit]

The following players hit two grand slams in a game:

Tatis hit his grand slams in the same inning, against the same pitcher (Chan Ho Park). One of Tabor's grand slams was an inside-the-park grand slam.

Grand Slam in First Major League At-bat[edit]

Four players have hit a grand slam homer in their first big league plate appearance. They are:

Grand Slam in the World Series[edit]

The following players have hit grand slam home runs in the World Series:

Further Reading[edit]

  • Thomas Harrigan: "These players hit 2 grand slams in 1 game",, December 18, 2021. [1]
  • Matt Kelly: "A-Rod's 25 grand slams stand alone: Gehrig, Manny rank right behind Rodriguez on all-time list",, March 29, 2020. [2]