World Series 2011: Ranking Every 3-Homer Game in Playoff History

Robert Knapel@@RobertKnapel_BRCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2011

World Series 2011: Ranking Every 3-Homer Game in Playoff History

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    Albert Pujols became just one of seven players to hit three home runs in a playoff game with his impressive performance in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series.

    Pujols has added to his legendary status with this amazing game.

    He also became the second player to hit three home runs in a playoff game during this postseason. Adrian Beltre had already accomplished that feat during the ALDS.

8) George Brett: 1978 ALCS

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    When a player has a three-home run game, his team normally wins. However, that was not the case for the Kansas City Royals in the 1978 ALCS.

    George Brett hit three solo home runs in Game 3 of the series, and the Royals were still defeated by the New York Yankees.

7) Babe Ruth: 1928 World Series

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    The greatest player of all-time managed to hit three home runs in a postseason game not once, but twice in his career. He did it for a second time during Game 4 of the 1928 World Series.

    His three solo shots helped lead the Yankees to a 7-3 win and a sweep over the St. Louis Cardinals.

6) Bob Robertson: 1971 NLCS

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    Bob Robertson may have only hit 115 home runs in his career, but he did hit 26 during the 1971 regular season. He also finished tenth in the National League that season in slugging percentage.

    The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the 1971 NLCS as favorites against the San Francisco Giants. In Game 2, Robertson slugged three home runs and drove in five in a 9-4 win.

    Photo Credit: Fans from the Stands

5) Babe Ruth: 1926 World Series

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    Babe Ruth was unstoppable in the later part of the 1920s. He was the most feared hitter in the game at that time.

    The first time that Ruth hit two home runs was in the 1926 World Series. Ruth hit three home runs and drove in four. He also walked twice in the Yankees 10-5 win.

    Photo Credit: The Baseball Biography Project

4) Reggie Jackson: 1977 World Series

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    Mr. October shined in the postseason, which is how he earned his nickname. He is one of two players in New York Yankees' history to hit three home runs in a playoff game.

    Jackson's three home runs and five RBI came in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. He led the Yankees to a win and earned himself the World Series MVP Award.

    Photo Credit: Sports Blink

3) Adrian Beltre: 2011 ALDS

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    Adrian Beltre was a key reason why the Texas Rangers were able to close out the 2011 ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Beltre hit three solo home runs in the Rangers' 4-3 victory in Game 4. His performance was enough to push the Rangers into the next round of the playoffs.

2) Albert Pujols: 2011 World Series

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    Albert Pujols had struggled mightily in the first two games of the 2011 World Series. But the elite hitter managed to break out of his slump in a big way.

    In Game 3 of the series, Pujols collected five hits in six at-bats. Along with two singles, Pujols hit three home runs. He drove in six runs in a dominant 16-7 Cardinals' victory.

1) Adam Kennedy: 2002 ALCS

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    During 13-year his career, Adam Kennedy has hit just 78 home runs. He has also hit less than three home runs in a season three times during his career.

    It should come as a major surprise that Adam Kennedy was able to slug three home runs during Game 5 of the 2002 ALCS. Kennedy's performance earned him the series MVP award.