How are your knowledge related to the history of the big leagues? What do these characters have in common? Lou Gehrig, Chuck Klein, Pat Seerey, Gil Hodges, Joe Adcock, Rocky Colavito, Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt, Bob Horner, Mark Whiten, Mike Cameron, Shawn Green, Carlos Delgado, Josh Hamilton, Scooter Gennett, and JDMartínez. They are the only hitters so far this season who have hit at least four home runs in a major league game. However, the story does not end there.
Of the brotherhood, only five are in the Hall of Fame. Do you know them? They are: Lou Gehrig, Chuck Klein, Gil Hodges, Willie Mays and Mike Schmidt. And did you know that two of them added more than ten RBIs in their day? Mark Whiten drove in 12 runs while Scooter Gennett drove in 10. And the years the offenses took place? By years, and in the same order in which we present them: 1932, 1936, 1948, 1950, 1954, 1959, 1961, 1976, 1986, 1993, 2002, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2017 and 2017.
To conclude, the teams to which the authors belong, Gehrig to the New York Yankees, Klein to the Philadelphia Phillies, Seerey to the Chicago White Sox, Hodges to the Brooklyn Dodgers, Adcock to the Milwaukee Braves, Colavito to the Cleveland Indians, Mays to the San Francisco Giants, Schmidt to the Philadelphia Phillies, Horner to
the Atlanta Braves, Whiten the St. Louis Cardinals, Cameron the Seattle Mariners, Green the Los Angeles Dodgers, Delgado the Toronto Blue Jays, Hamilton the Texas Rangers, Gennett the Cincinnati Reds and Martinez to the Arizona Rattlesnakes.
Do you know the names of the hitters with the most consecutive games with at least one connected hit? We will limit ourselves to only those who add at least 40 challenges, a list that only has four representatives, Joe DiMiggio, Pete Rose, George Sisler and Ty Cobb. DiMaggio had a 56-game stretch, between May 15 and July 16, 1941, with the New York Yankees. Rose spent 44 games in a row from June 14 to
July 31, 1978 with the Cincinnati Reds. Sisler played 41 games from July 7 to September 17, 1922, with the St. Louis Brows. Cobb spent 40 games with hits, between May 15 and July 27, 1911, with the Detroit Tigers.
Finally, do you know who is the Latin American hitter with the longest string of hits in the major leagues? This is the Dominican Luis Castillo, who was 35 consecutive games with hits, from May 8 to June 21, 2002 with the Florida Marlins.