In the world of baseball, a grand slam is a home run hit when the bases are loaded, meaning there are runners occupying first, second, and third base simultaneously. This results in four runs being scored -- the most possible in one play. The batter who hits the grand slam is awarded four RBIs (Runs Batted In).
The Uncommon Feat of Two Grand Slams in One Game
The question often arises: Has anyone ever hit two grand slams in one game? The answer is yes, but it's an incredibly rare feat. To date, only 13 players in Major League Baseball (MLB) history have managed to hit two grand slams in a single game. The most recent player to achieve this was Josh Willingham in 2009.
Teams with Multiple Grand Slams in One Game
Interestingly, there have been instances where a team has hit two grand slams in one game. For example, the Baltimore Orioles achieved this in 1986 with Jim Dwyer and Larry Sheets. Similarly, the Milwaukee Brewers in 1980 and the Minnesota Twins in 1962 also accomplished this feat. However, the New York Yankees set a record on August 25, 2011, by becoming the first team in MLB history to hit three grand slams in one game.
The Unique Case of Fernando Tatis
Among the players who have hit two grand slams in a single game, Fernando Tatis stands out for his unique achievement. He is the only player in MLB history to hit his two grand slams during the same exact inning. This unprecedented feat occurred on April 23, 1999, when Tatis was playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Record Holders for Most Grand Slams
When it comes to the players with the most career grand slams in MLB history, Alex Rodriguez tops the list with 25. He is followed by Lou Gehrig with 23, Manny Ramirez with 21, and Eddie Murray with 19. Willie McCovey and Robin Ventura are tied for fifth place with 18 each.
The Unlikelihood of Repeating the Feat
Hitting two grand slams in a single inning is an extremely difficult task. According to Baseball-Reference, there have been more than 4 million innings pitched in Major League history, and in only one of those has the same player hit two slams. Given the current focus on pitch counts, innings totals, and times through the order, it seems highly unlikely that this feat will be repeated anytime soon.
The rarity of hitting two grand slams in one game underscores the exceptional skill and circumstances required for such an achievement. While it has happened before, it remains one of the most remarkable feats in baseball history.