An Offbeat Record Held By Willie Mays

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You could count on the Say Hey Kid to hit a home run in just about any inning.Willie Mays holds the record for hitting home runs in the most different innings. Mays hit at least one home run in every inning from one to sixteen. His first-inning and sixteenth-inning home runs, both off Warren Spahn, are the most noteworthy. The one in the first inning was the first of Mays’s career, and the sixteenth-inning blast broke up one of the all-time great pitching duels and provided a 1-0 victory for Juan Marichal.

The following list shows the first home runs Mays hit in innings 1-13, and the only one he hit in innings 14-16. (The data comes from SABR’s Home Run Log.)

15-28-1951Warren SpahnBoston
26-6-1951Willie RamsdellCincinnati
34-18-1954Carl ErskineBrooklyn
46-27-1951Don NewcombeBrooklyn
58-30-1951Vern LawPittsburgh
66-23-1951Turk LownChicago
76-18-1951Joe PreskoSt. Louis
86-17-1951 (1G)Howie PolletSt. Louis
97-22-1951 (1G)Ken RaffensbergerCincinnati
106-22-1951Dutch LeonardChicago
117-4-1955 (2G)Lino DonosoPittsburgh
126-4-1955Warren HackerChicago
137-3-1951Jocko ThompsonPhiladelphia
144-30-1954Warren HackerChicago
159-27-1968Ted AbernathyCincinnati
167-26-1963Warren SpahnMilwaukee


(This article first appeared in the Baseball Records Committee’s August 2010 newsletter.)

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