Pitchers Hitting Grand Slams

This article was written by Keith Sutton

This article was published in the 1975 Baseball Research Journal


In this piece, Keith Sutton takes a look at the list of major league pitchers before 1975 who have hit grand slams.Pitchers have contributed significantly to the grand slam story. It was a National League hurler, Bill Duggleby of the Phils, who was the only player ever to hit a bases loaded home run in his first at bat in the majors. This feat was accomplished on April 21, 1898. It was also a pitcher who was the only NL player to hit two grand slam homers in one game. This was Tony Cloninger of the Atlanta Braves on July 3, 1966.

The list of pitchers who hit grand slams is embellished also by the names of great American League hurlers such as Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Lefty Grove, Wes Ferrell, Red Ruffing, and Early Wynn. Burly Early did it as a pinch hitter, and we thought those instances should be included because calling on a hurler to pinch hit with the bases loaded is quite a compliment. In Wynn’s case, he hit his slam in the fifth and then pitched the rest of the way to win the game.

Seven hurlers hit two grand slams in their careers. In addition to Cloninger, there was Schoolboy Rowe and

Tommy Byrne, each of whom hit one as a pinch batter, and Dizzy Trout, Camilo Pascual, Bob Gibson, and Rick Wise.

Byrne and Al Hollingsworth were the only grand slam hitters who also gave up slams to other pitchers. Lon Warneke, who never hit one himself, suffered the embarrassment of giving up two jackpot wallops to fellow pitchers.

What were the most exciting grand slams? Well, any bases loaded homer by a pitcher is dramatic, but Ruffing hit his full-house homer in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied 2-2. Clay Bryant hit one in the tenth to win a game for the Cubs in 1937. This was the only extra-inning slam by a pitcher and was unusual because Bryant was pitching in relief of Charlie Root, who had homered earlier in the game.

*Assisted by Leonard Gettelson

 

GRAND SLAM HOMERS HIT BY PITCHERS SINCE 1900

American League

Date





Hurler-Hitter & Team

 

Opposing Hurler

Inn.

                 

July

18

1906

   

Fred Falkenberg, Wash.

 

Owen, Chi.

6

June

21

1914

   

Walter Johnson, Wash.

 

Boehler, Bet.

5

May

5

1919

   

Jim Shaw, Wash.

 

Johnson, Phil.

2

May

20

1919

 

 

Babe Ruth, Boston

 

Davenport, StL.

2

Apr.

28

1921

   

George Uhle, Clev.

 

Leonard, Det.

4

Aug.

14

1933

   

Red Ruffing, N.Y.

 

Weiland, Bos.

9

July

27

1935

 

 

Robert Grove, Boston

 

Blaeholder, Phil.

2

Aug.

12

1936

(1)

 

Wes Ferrell, Boston

 

Lisenbee, Phil.

4

July

21

1937

(1)

 

Lynn Nelson, Phil.

 

Andrews, Clev.

8

June

10

1938

   

Monty Stratton, Chi.

 

C. Wagner, Bos.

2

July

22

1939

(2)

 

Lynwood Rowe, pet.

 

Potter, Phil.

2

July

26

1940

   

Spud Chandler, N.Y.

 

Appleton, Chi.

9

July

15

1945

PH

 

Zeb Eaton, Detroit

 

Borowy, N.Y.

4

Nay

8

1948

   

Carl Scheib, Phil.

 

Gillespie, Chi.

8

July

28

1949

   

Dizzy Trout, Det.

 

Gettel, Wash.

9

July

23

1950

   

Saul Rogovin, Det.

 

Lopat, N.Y.

2

Aug.

6

1950

(1)

 

Ellis Kinder, Bos.

 

Pierce, Chi.

5

Sep.

15

1946

PH

 

Early Wynn, Wash.

 

Corsica, Det.

5

Sep.

18

1951

(1)

 

Tommy Byrne, StL.

 

Hudson, Wash.

9

May

5

1953

   

Bob Porterfield, Wash.

 

Wight, Detroit

4

May

16

1953

PH

 

Tommy Byrne, Chi.

 

Blackwell, N.Y.

9

Apr.

22

1956

   

Don Larsen, N.Y.

 

Sullivan, Bos.

4

Apr.

15

1959

   

Bob Grim, K.C.

 

Latman, Chi.

3

June

23

1950

   

Dizzy Trout, Det.

 

Byrne, N.Y.

4

Aug.

14

1960

(1)

 

Camilo Pascual, Wash.

 

Turley, N.Y.

6

May

30

1962

(1)

 

Pedro Ramos, Clev.

 

Estrada, Balt.

6

May

31

1963

   

Orlando Pena, K.C.

 

Rudolph, Wash.

5

Apr.

27

1965

   

Camilo Pascual, Minn.

 

Williams, Clev.

1

July

20

1965

   

Mel Stottlemyre, N.Y.

 

Monboquette, Bos.

5

Aug.

13

1966

   

Earl Wilson, Det.

 

Osinski, Bos.

7

June

1

1967

   

John O’Donoghue, Clev.

 

McLain, Detroit

6

May

5

1968

(1)

 

Gary Peters, Chi.

 

Downing, N.Y.

4

Aug.

26

1968

(1)

 

Dave McNally, Balt.

 

C. Dobson, Oak.

1

July

9

1969

(1)

 

Fred Talbot, Seattle

 

E. Fisher, Cal.

6

May

11

1971

   

Steve Dunning, Clev.

 

Segui, Oak.

2

 

GRAND SLAM HOMERS HIT BY PITCHERS SINCE 1900

National League

Date




Hurler-Hitter & Team


Opposing Hurler

Inn.

May

24

1907

   

Pat Flaherty, Bos.

 

C. Wiltse, N.Y.

2

July

22

1910

   

Chas. Phillippe, Pitt.

 

F. Miller, Bkn.

2

Sep.

22

1910

(2)

 

Geo. Ferguson, Bos.

 

Rowan, Cin.

3

Apr.

28

1921

   

Lee Meadows, Phil.

 

J. Scott, Bos.

8

June

8

1924

 

 

John Watson, N.Y.

 

Morrison, Pitt.

2

May

12

1925

   

Jimmy Ring, Phil.

 

Aldridge, Pitt.

6

June

23

1929

(2)

 

Phil Collins, Phil.

 

Greenfield, Bos.

2

May

5

1930

 

 

Bill Walker, N.Y.

 

French, Pitt.

4

May

10

1931

   

Fred Fitzsimmons, N.Y.

 

Malone, Chi.

2

July

17

1934

(1)

 

Roy Parmelee, N.Y.

 

Warneke, Chi.

7

May

28

1936

   

Al Hollingsworth, Cm.

 

Warneke, Chi.

2

Aug.

28

1937

(2)

 

Clay Bryant, Chi.

 

Cabler, Bos.

10

Apr.

26

1938

   

Curt Davis, StL.

 

Hollingsworth, Cin.

4

May

19

1941

 

 

Claude Passeau, Chi.

 

Casey, Bkn.

2

May

2

1943

PH

 

Lynwood Rowe, Phil.

 

Javery, Bog.

6

Sep.

7

1947

   

John Miller, Chi.

 

Higbie, Pitt.

2

July

3

1949

   

Nonty Kennedy, N.Y.

 

Martin, Bkn.

7

Sep.

24

1950

   

Erv Palica, Bkn.

 

Church, Phil.

5

July

10

1958

   

Lew Burdette, Nil.

 

Podres, L.A.

4

Aug.

1

1959

   

Bob Purkey, Cm.

 

Buzhardt, Chi.

3

Aug.

9

1961

   

Don Drysdale, L.A.

 

Nottebart, Mil.

2

Aug.

2

1962

   

Art Mahaffey, Phil.

 

Anderson, N.Y.

3

July

15

1963

(1)

 

Carl Willey, N.Y.

 

Johnson, Hous.

2

Sep.

29

1965

   

Bob Gibson, StL.

 

G. Perry, S.F.

8

July

3

1966

   

Tony Cloninger, Atl.

 

Priddy, S.F.

1

(same

 

game)

   

Tony Cloninger, Atl.

 

Sadecki, S.F.

4

May

20

1967

   

Jack Hamilton, N.Y.

 

Jackson, StL.

2

July

28

1968

   

Al McBean, Pitt.

 

Jaster, StL.

5

Sep.

4

1970

   

Mike Corkins, S.D.

 

Merritt, Cin.

4

Aug.

28

1971

(2)

 

Rick Wise, Phil.

 

McMahon, S.F.

7

Sep.

16

1972

   

Burt Hooton, Chi.

 

Seaver, N.Y.

3

July

26

1973

(1)

 

Bob Gibson, StL.

 

Strohmayer, N.Y.

5

Aug.

21

1973

   

Rick Wise, StL.

 

Harrison, Atl.

3

June

29

1974

   

Jim Lonborg, Phil.

 

Taylor, Mont.

3

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