Has a player ever hit the cycle twice in a game?
by Drew Montgomery
(Cincinnati, Ohio )
Photo Bill Stanton: Checkswing.com
Drew Asked: Has a player ever got two singles, two doubles, two triples and two home runs, all in one game?
Rick answered: Drew, thank you for your question.
A single, a double, a triple and a homerun. Hit them all in one game and the cycle is complete.
Thus far in MLB, no one has hit for the cycle twice in one game.
There have been 139 players hit for the cycle in the National League. Ten of those hit for it twice in their career. One hit for it three times.
In the American League, there have been 115 players hit for it once. Nine hit for it twice, and one hit for it 3 times.
Interestingly, Babe ruth, one of the most notable hitters of all time, never hit for the cycle in his 22 MLB seasons, from 1914 -1935. While a tremendous power hitter, his foot speed was somewhat limited.
Of the four hits needed, the triple is notably the toughest to get. Along with hitting the ball a long way, it must remain in the park and the hitter must have some good foot speed to get all the way to third base.
Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth's teammate with the Yankees hit for the cycle twice, once in 1934 and again in 1937.
Joe Dimaggio hit for it twice , once in 1937 and again in 1948.
Exciting when it happens. Quite often set up when a hitter picks up a triple in one of their first two at bats. That accomplished, the odds that the player might be able to collect the other hits go up quickly.
Yours in baseball,