In the World Series, pitchers have hit 15 home runs, with Bob Gibson and Dave McNally each hitting two. They are the only postseason pitchers to hit grand slams. Mickey Lolich hit his sole career home run against Nelson Briles in the 1968 World Series. Other pitchers who have homered in the World Series include Joe Nuxhall, Jim Perry, Mark Fidrych, and Randy Johnson.
Overall, there have been 547 home runs hit by pitchers in the regular season and postseasons. They are tied for ninth most among all baseball players.
Here is a list of all the pitchers who have hit home runs in the World Series:
1891: Anson Dominy of the Cleveland Infants hits a solo home run off Charles Radbourn of the Pittsburgh Pirates at County Stadium in Brooklyn, New York. It is the first home run ever hit in the World Series.
1913: Jack Quinn of the Detroit Tigers hits a two-run home run off George Mullin of the Chicago White Sox at Chicago's South Park District. It is the first postseason home run for both players.
1968: Mickey Lolich of the Detroit Tigers hits a grand slam against Nelson Briles of the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park in Boston. It is the only four-home-run game in World Series history.
Wesley Ferrell Wes Ferrell owns the all-time Major League Baseball record most home runs hit while pitching. As a pitcher, he hit 37 home runs. With 35 career home runs, Baseball Hall of Famers Bob Lemon and Warren Spahn are tied for second.
He played from 1960 to 1969 with the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, and San Francisco Giants. In 1970, he joined the New York Mets, with whom he finished his career in 1971. He died at the age of 44 in Puerto Rico.
Ferrell's record has since been broken by Jeff Montgomery, who recorded 42 homers as a pitcher for the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals from 2000 to 2001. Another former big leaguer, Scott Erickson, is also among the top 10 highest-home-run-hitting pitchers of all time; he has hit 40 homers in his career.
Among other notable high-home-run-hitting pitchers are Tom Cheney (30), Charlie Robertson (29), and Joe DiMaggio (28).
It's worth mentioning that the majority of these pitchers were left-handed hitters. Only Ferrell, Lemon, and Spahn were right-handers. Among those who were left-handed pitchers but not counted here because they only had 30 or more innings pitched as a starter are Bert Blyleven, Jim Bouton, Larry Jackson, and Dock Ellis.
Dave was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles in 1962 and spent 13 of his 14-year MLB career with them. He had a 184-119 career pitching record and is the only pitcher to hit a grand slam home run in a World Series game, which he did in the third game of the 1970 series.
After retiring as a player, Dave went on to have a successful coaching career, working for several teams including the Orioles, where he was the pitching coach from 1986 to 1990. He died in 2014 at the age of 70.
Today is his birthday.
He was an All-Star pitcher who played for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball. McNally graduated from Archbishop Curley High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He then attended Loyola University in New Orleans, where he played baseball for the Loyola Lions.
In 1961, McNally started a game against the Chicago White Sox with a no-hit bid until the fifth inning when he struck out three straight batters to end the game with nothing out. This is still the last time a no-hitter has been thrown into the seventh inning or later without being touched for a base knock.
Since 1990, a player has hit 50 or more home runs 42 times. Lip Pike led the National League with four home runs in 1877 and Paul Hines led the league with four in 1878.
In 1997, for example, Mark McGwire hit 58 home runs, more than any other player.
Mick played for the Cardinals, Cubs, Astros, Tigers, and Angels from 1972 to 1982. 17 players have gone at least 324 games (two full seasons) without hitting a home run. Out of 8,721 players, 2,824 have never (or have not yet) hit a home run with at least one plate appearance. Mick is one of them.
Here's the list:
1. Joe DiMaggio - 586 games
2. Billy Hamilton - 648 games
3. Mel Ott - 910 games
4. Paul O'Neill - 1,036 games
5. Vladimir Guerrero - 1,140 games
6. Mark McGwire - 1,632 games
7. Sammy Sosa - 1,690 games
8. Mike Schmidt - 1,904 games
9. Larry Walker - 2,238 games
10. Ted Williams - 2,402 games
11. Albert Pujols - 2,460 games
12. Robinson Cano - 2,509 games
13. Ichiro Suzuki - 2,609 games
Warren Spahn, the lone Hall of Fame pitcher faced during a four-homer game, threw the ball that Gil Hodges hit for the first of his four home runs. Only Hodges, Adcock, and Martinez have hit home runs against four different pitchers in the same game. The others who have done so include Ted Williams (five homers), Joe DiMaggio (six), and Hank Aaron (seven).
Spahn's four-homer game took place on August 17, 1959, at Milwaukee County Stadium. The last time this had happened was in 1947 when Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees went deep four times against Lefty Grove of the Boston Red Sox. It is safe to say there is no one today who can match Joe DiMaggio's hitting prowess. Even though Aaron has been able to hit four home runs many people think it was not really his season. In fact, he only hit.256 that year with only 39 homers and 99 RBIs. That is why many consider this game to be part of Hank Aaron's legacy rather than his own.
The reason Spahn's game is so unique is because nobody else has ever seen anything like it before or since. Warren Spahn was one of the best left-handed pitchers of all time and played all his career with the Atlanta Braves. He finished with a record of 181-79 while throwing three no-hitters and finishing second three times.