Saturday 18 January 2020

This 'scrappy second baseman' just hit four home runs in a single game

Scooter Gennett is just the 17th man to achieve the feat.

By Max McLean

In front of a crowd of 18,620, Cincinnati Reds batter Scooter Gennett wrote his name into the history books with four swings of his now legendary bat.

The man described as a “scrappy second baseman” by ESPN hit four home runs in his team’s 13-1 win over the St Louis Cardinals, including a grand slam, becoming just the 17th person in history to do so.

It’s the first time since 2012 that someone has managed the feat, with Josh Hamilton doing so for Texas five years ago. The first player to ever hit four home runs was Bobby Lowe for the wonderfully named Boston Beaneaters back in 1894.

Gennett’s full name is actually Ryan Joseph Gennett. His nickname reportedly came out of a trip to the police station as a child when, thinking himself in trouble, Gennett gave his name as his favourite Muppets character, Scooter.

No player has ever hit more than four home runs in a single game – the list of players Gennett joins includes two of the greatest baseball players of all time: Lou Gehrig and Willie Mays.

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