4 home runs in one game
Carlos Delgado, Mike Cameron, and Shawn Green did this recently as well, and in 1993, Mark Whiten did it while driving in a record 12 runs in one game. But Hamilton’s night in 2012 was the most impressive.
He hit four two-run bombs, and very nearly had a fifth home run when he crushed a liner off the wall in the fifth inning. If you’re counting, that’s pretty good. It’s too bad no one in Baltimore was there to see it.
We always talk about perfect games, but the 4-homer night is even more rare. That’s not an opinion, either. That’s fact: 21 perfect games versus 16 Derby nights.
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69 points, 18 rebounds vs. Cleveland
This list wouldn’t be complete with some Jordan.
While most lists like this one would throw on the Flu Game or the Last Shot Game almost out of habit, I’ll take Jordan’s career-best scoring night in 1990 in Cleveland. He played 50 minutes, crashed the glass recklessly, and ripped out the Cavs’ heart and stomped on it for about the 10th time. This fury all came because Cleveland fans booed him when he went down early with an injury.
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Anyone can get lucky once in a while, whereas sustained greatness is what gets you in the Hall of Fame. But while that cliche is repeated on every sports show in America, I can’t help but think it doesn’t make sense. You aren’t setting any type of records unless you are really, really good, and you aren’t getting into the Hall of Fame unless you are really, really good. Just look at this list. Steve Young. Beast. Kobe Bryant. Beast. Pujols. Beast. Setting records is all about entering full-on beast mode.
Think about David Robinson on the last night of the 1993-94 regular season. He knew how much he needed to win the scoring title, and then went above and beyond that with a career-high 71 points.
For the Admiral’s birthday, in memory of his forgotten 71-point performance, we’re breaking down 10 of the greatest single-game performances in football, baseball, and basketball over the last 25 years.
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