Originally posted on The Show Speak  |  Last updated 7/4/12
"I always thought that record would stand until it was broken."  - Yogi Berra
On Monday evening, San Diego Padre rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal became the seventh player since 1900 whose first three hits were home runs.  The others do achieve this feat were Chick Fullis, Ed Sanicki, Billy Conigliaro, Mike Greenwell, Alfonso Soriano, and Keith McDonald.

Speaking of former St. Louis Cardinal Keith McDonald, he carved out a very special niche in the first three hits were home runs club - those were his only three MLB hits.  Ironically, McDonald's major league debut was July 4, 2000.  Mr. Tres Jonrun* is the only player in the history of Major League Baseball  to finish with three hits and three home runs in a career.

Another recent rare baseball feat occurred last  week when the Arizona Diamondbacks Aaron Hill hit for the cycle for the 2nd time in 11 days.  Hitting for the cycle in baseball is a single, double, triple, and home run in the same game.  There have been 252 cycles in major league history.  There has only been 2 cycles by the same player in the same season since 1900.  Babe Herman was the other player to accomplish this feat in 1931.  Herman's two cycles were 77 days apart.

Nolan Ryan waiting for Morganna Ever seen a triple play live?  I haven't.  The unassisted triple play has occurred only 15 times in the history of baseball.  The last time a player was responsible for recording all three outs on the same play, Eric Bruntlet of the Philladelphia Phillies caught Jeff Francoeur's line drive stepping on 2nd base and tagging the New York Mets Daniel Murphy to end the game.  This was the 2nd time in the history of baseball an unassisted triple play ended a baseball game.

When the great Josh Hamilton hit four home runs in a game earlier this season, he became the 16th player in Major League Baseball history to accomplish this feat.  Ironically, two players hit four runs in a losing cause.  Bob Horner homered four times against the Montreal Expos in 1986 (Montreal 11 Atlanta 8) and Ed Delahanty hit four home runs in a losing effort for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1896 (Chicago 9 Philadelphia 8).

My childhood physical education teacher at the illustrious Tri City School District use to say I tied a major league record when catching all three outs of an inning in 2nd period softball.  You know who else has a cool record?  Forty-one major league pitchers have struck out the side on the minimum nine pitches.  Three of those forty-one pitchers have done it twice.  Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, and Lefty Grove are the only three to ever accomplish the nine pitch three strikeout inning twice.  Koufax is the only person to achieve this in the National League, Grove the only one in the American League, while Ryan accomplished this once in the National League and one time in the American League.

Last and perhaps most appropriate for a copy of rare baseball feats is the kissing bandit "Morganna."    Morganna is estimated to have kissed 37 Major League Baseball players in her crime spree of kissing.  Some of the "victims" included Pete Rose, Nolan Ryan, George Brett (twice), and Cal Ripken Jr.  In addition to the 37 former major league players she planted one on, Morganna once got busy with the San Diego Chicken.

Now that, is rare.

Until Next Time,

Craig Turley

H/T:  Baseball Reference and MLB
*Tres = 3, Jonrun = home run

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