Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton Becomes 16th Player to Blast 4 Home Runs in a Game

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 8, 2012

Josh Hamilton achieved an accomplishment that's even more rare than pitching a perfect game or hitting for the cycle.

On Tuesday night, Hamilton blasted four home runs for the Texas Rangers in their victory against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

Hamilton homered in the first inning on a ball to dead center field. In the third inning, he launched his second home run on a line drive to the opposite field. 

Hamilton had a home run "half time" by hitting a double in the fifth inning, between his first two and last two home runs.

His third home run came in the seventh inning on another shot to dead center and his final one looked like two of his previous ones—another blast to center field in the eighth inning.

Hamilton didn't take the easy route to his four home runs, going to the deepest part of the field three out of four times.

Josh Hamilton becomes only the 16th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a game. The way that Hamilton was swinging, he quite possibly could've become the first player to ever hit five in a game if he had been given the opportunity in the ninth inning.

Nonetheless, the accomplishment is more than impressive as Hamilton appears to be, at this point, the early season AL MVP.

Hamilton is the first player since Carols Delgado to hit four home runs for the Toronto Blue Jays on September 25, 2003.