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  • 62 Home Runs on 1 Day

    Hello Baseball Fever Fans,

    The day after the record was broken, I put together a little list of players who participated in the record setting day. Somebody suggested I include the inning, then somebody else asked about the pitcher, then somebody about the numbers of outs, and so on. From those requests, the following post / list was born:

    Major League Home Runs Hit on July 2, 2002

    On July 2, 2002, teams combined to hit 62 long balls breaking the one-day Major League record for home runs. The previous record was 57 and it was set on April 7, 2000. Here are the players who contributed to this record setting / historical day:

    American League Contributions

    Cleveland vs New York

    01 Lawton (9, 1st inning off Clemens, 0 on, 0 out).
    02 Thome (25, 1st inning off Clemens, 1 on, 1 out).

    03 Posada (14, 7th inning off Riggan, 3 on, 2 out).

    Toronto vs Boston

    04 Cruz (12, 7th inning off Kim, 0 on, 0 out).

    Tampa Bay vs Texas

    05 McCarty (2, 6th inning off Rogers, 0 on, 2 out).

    06 Gonzalez (5, 2nd inning off Sturtze, 0 on, 0 out).
    07 Palmeiro (18, 4th inning off Sturtze, 0 on, 0 out).

    Detroit vs Chicago

    08 Young (7, 1st inning off Ritchie, 0 on, 2 out: 1 of 2).
    09 Young (8, 9th inning off Howry, 0 on, 2 out: 2 of 2).
    10 Fick (11, 1st inning off Ritchie, 1 on, 2 out).
    11 Lombard (1, 7th inning off Ritchie, 0 on, 1 out).
    12 Magee (6, 9th inning off Howry, 0 on, 0 out).
    13 Easley (4, 9th inning off Howry, 1 on, 2 out).

    14 Lofton (4, 1st inning off Bernero, 0 on, 0 out).
    15 Ordonez (15, 1st inning off Bernero, 0 on, 2 out: 1 of 2).
    16 Ordonez (16, 8th inning off Paniagua, 3 on, 1 out: 2 of 2).
    17 Valentin (11, 2nd inning off Bernero, 0 on, 0 out).
    18 Alomar (6, 4th inning off Bernero, 0 on, 2 out: 1 of 2).
    19 Alomar (7, 6th inning off Lima, 0 on, 1 out: 2 of 2).

    Baltimore vs Anaheim

    20 Gibbons (14, 4th inning off Ortiz, 0 on, 2 out: 1 of 2).
    21 Gibbons (15, 9th inning off Schoeneweis, 0 on, 0 out: 2 of 2).

    Oakland vs Minnesota

    22 LeCroy (3, 1st inning off Zito, 1 on, 2 out).

    23 Ellis (2, 8th inning off Jackson, 0 on, 1 out).
    24 Saenz (4, 9th inning off Guardado, 1 on, 1 out).

    Kansas City vs Seattle

    25 Ibanez (8, 2nd inning off Soriano, 0 on, 0 out: 1 of 2).
    26 Ibanez (9, 9th inning off Sasaki, 0 on, 2 out: 2 of 2).
    27 Tucker (4, 5th inning off Halama, 1 on, 0 out).
    28 Sweeney (16, 9th inning off Sasaki, 0 on, 1 out).

    29 Sierra (11, 2nd inning off Byrd, 0 on, 0 out).
    30 Cameron (14, 6th inning off Byrd, 2 on, 2 out).

    National League Contributions

    Milwaukee vs Pittsburgh

    31 Wilson, J (1, 1st inning off Quevedo, 1 on, 0 out).
    32 Nunez (1, 7th inning off Quevedo, 0 on, 2 out).
    33 Young (9, 8th inning off De Los Santos, 0 on, 1 out).
    34 Hyzdu (1, 9th inning off DeJean, 1 on, 1 out).

    New York vs Philadelphia

    35 Burrell (20, 3rd inning off Astacio, 0 on, 0 out).
    36 Ledee (3, 6th inning off Astacio, 0 on, 1 out).
    37 Rolen (12, 9th inning off Walker, 1 on, 1 out).

    Chicago vs Florida

    38 McGriff (15, 4th inning off Penny, 0 on, 0 out).
    39 Sosa (28, 5th inning off Penny, 1 on, 1 out).

    40 Lowell (14, 3rd inning off Lieber, 0 on, 1 out).
    41 Floyd (18, 5th inning off Lieber, 0 on, 1 out).

    Houston vs Cincinnati

    42 Berkman (27, 1st inning off Hamilton, 1 on, 1 out: 1 of 2).
    43 Berkman (28, 3rd inning off Hamilton, 2 on, 1 out: 2 of 2).

    44 Dunn (16, 3rd inning off Miller, W, 0 on, 2 out).

    Montreal vs Atlanta

    45 Barrett (8, 6th inning off Moss, 0 on, 0 out).
    46 Tatis (11, 6th inning off Moss, 3 on, 2 out).

    San Diego vs St. Louis

    47 Polanco (5, 2nd inning off Jarvis, 1 on, 2 out).
    48 Edmonds (16, 2nd inning off Jarvis, 0 on, 2 out).
    49 Pujols (18, 2nd inning off Jarvis, 0 on, 2 out).

    San Francisco vs Colorado

    50 Shinjo (7, 1st inning off Neagle, 3 on, 2 out: 1 of 2).
    51 Shinjo (8, 6th inning off Nichting, 0 on, 2 out: 2 of 2).
    52 Bell (13, 1st inning off Neagle, 1 on, 2 out).
    53 Minor (8, 2nd inning off Neagle, 1 on, 1 out: 1 of 2).
    54 Minor (9, 4th inning off Stark, 1 on, 0 out: 2 of 2).
    55 Sanders (10, 7th inning off Nichting, 1 on, 2 out: 1 of 2).
    56 Sanders (11, 9th inning off White, 0 on, 0 out: 2 of 2).

    57 Uribe (3, 2nd inning off Jensen, 0 on, 1 out).
    58 Walker (19, 5th inning off Jensen, 0 on, 2 out).
    59 Butler (4, 7th inning off Jensen, 1 on, 2 out).

    Los Angeles vs Arizona

    60 Lo Duca (5, 1st inning off Helling, 0 on, 1 out).
    61 Izturis (1, 8th inning off Swindell, 0 on, 1 out).
    62 Karros (9, 9th inning off Swindell, 0 on, 2 out).

    Hope you found this interesting!

    Sean
    www.baseball-almanac.com
    "Where what happened yesterday is being preserved today."

  • #2
    And Barry Bonds did not rate a mention!!

    R.B. from Down Under
    "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

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    • #3
      Is that the reocrd for most 2 run homerun days in the majors?
      I share pictures from my collection of baseball photographs on twitter @PastimeClassics

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      • #4
        It was in fact a new record. There were five (5) in the American League and four (4) in the National League. Neither of those on there own were league specific records though. They were:

        AL 6 on August 2, 1983 & tied on May 8, 1987.
        NL 6 on July 31, 1999.

        Sean

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        • #5
          Also, the Detroit/Chic. game had 12 homers, is this a record?

          Two games had three players with multi-homer games, is that a record?

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          • #6
            I was living in Windsor, Ontario, Canada at the time watching that game from a service station while the alternator in my car was being serviced...

            It was in fact a record (the Det/Chi game).

            Who would have thought all those people I had to swat away from changing the channel may have prevented me from watching a game that made history!

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            • #7
              I remember this day so clearly. I remember watching the sportscenter highlights of the Tigers-White Sox game. They tied the record for most HR's in a game I think.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jose_Reyes_Revolution
                I remember this day so clearly. I remember watching the sportscenter highlights of the Tigers-White Sox game. They tied the record for most HR's in a game I think.
                You remember it so clearly...you think...





                I share pictures from my collection of baseball photographs on twitter @PastimeClassics

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                • #9
                  Out of curiosity, how long did it take you to compile all that? Good work though!

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                  • #10
                    Whats the record for most Grand Slams in one day?
                    "I don't like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the pitcher."
                    -Rogers Hornsby-

                    "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
                    -Rogers Hornsby-

                    Just a note to all the active members of BBF, I consider all of you the smartest baseball people I have ever communicated with and love everyday I am on here. Thank you all!

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                    • #11
                      Hate to respond so late, but IIRC Jay Gibbons tied and broke the old record with each of his 2 homeruns.

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                      • #12
                        Fernando Tatis had 2 grand slams in one inning!!!!!
                        Rest in Peace Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)

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                        • #13
                          did the 62 home runs of 2 july 2002 happen to coincide with mlb's participation of prostate cancer weekend? i think so, but am not sure.
                          "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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                          • #14
                            I like that Raul Ibanez got two home runs that day.

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                            • #15
                              Its no surprise Kim gave up one of them.

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