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Kris Bryant's 3-Homer Game And Cubs History

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This sort of thing doesn't happen often.

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I mentioned this in the comments to the recap of Kris Bryant's career-best game, but thought you'd all like to see the entire list of Cubs who have homered three times in a game. This table is sorted in alphabetical order by last name. For some reason the column headings don't post here, but you should be able to figure them out. The last column is the number of homers.

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR
1 Moises Alou 2003-07-04 CHC STL L 8-11 5 5 3 3 0 0 3
2 Ernie Banks 1957-09-14 (2) CHC PIT W 7-3 4 3 4 3 0 0 3
3 Ernie Banks 1963-06-09 CHC LAD L 8-11 5 5 3 3 0 0 3
4 Ernie Banks 1955-08-04 CHC PIT W 11-10 5 4 4 0 0 3
5 Ernie Banks 1962-05-29 CHC MLN L 9-11 5 5 3 4 1 0 3
6 Brant Brown 1998-06-18 CHC PHI W 12-5 5 5 3 4 0 0 3
7 Kris Bryant 2016-06-27 CHC CIN W 11-8 5 5 4 5 2 0 3
8 Andre Dawson 1987-08-01 CHC PHI W 5-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3
9 Babe Herman 1933-07-20 CHC PHI W 10-1 5 5 3 4 0 0 3
10 Rogers Hornsby 1931-04-24 CHC PIT W 10-6 5 5 3 4 0 0 3
11 Dave Kingman 1978-05-14 CHC LAD W 10-7 8 7 3 4 0 0 3
12 Dave Kingman 1979-07-28 CHC NYM L 4-6 4 4 3 4 0 0 3
13 Dave Kingman 1979-05-17 CHC PHI L 22-23 7 6 4 3 0 0 3
14 Hank Leiber 1939-07-04 (1) CHC STL L 4-6 4 3 3 0 0 3
15 Clyde McCullough 1942-07-26 (1) CHC PHI L 3-4 4 4 3 3 0 0 3
16 George Mitterwald 1974-04-17 CHC PIT W 18-9 5 4 3 4 1 0 3
17 Rick Monday 1972-05-16 CHC PHI W 8-1 5 5 3 4 0 0 3
18 Walt Moryn 1958-05-30 (2) CHC LAD W 10-8 5 5 3 3 0 0 3
19 Dioner Navarro 2013-05-29 CHC CHW W 9-3 4 3 4 3 0 0 3
20 Bill Nicholson 1944-07-23 (1) CHC NYG W 7-4 3 4 3 0 0 3
21 Andy Pafko 1950-08-02 (2) CHC NYG L 6-8 4 3 3 3 0 0 3
22 Adolfo Phillips 1967-06-11 (2) CHC NYM W 18-10 5 5 4 4 0 0 3
23 Aramis Ramirez 2004-07-30 CHC PHI W 10-7 4 4 3 3 0 0 3
24 Aramis Ramirez 2010-07-20 CHC HOU W 14-7 5 5 3 3 0 0 3
25 Aramis Ramirez 2004-09-16 CHC CIN W 5-4 5 5 3 4 1 0 3
26 Tuffy Rhodes 1994-04-04 CHC NYM L 8-12 5 4 3 4 0 0 3
27 Hank Sauer 1952-06-11 CHC PHI W 3-2 4 4 3 3 0 0 3
28 Hank Sauer 1950-08-28 (1) CHC PHI W 7-5 4 3 3 3 0 0 3
29 Alfonso Soriano 2007-06-08 CHC ATL W 9-1 6 5 3 4 0 0 3
30 Alfonso Soriano 2008-09-06 CHC CIN W 14-9 5 5 4 4 0 0 3
31 Sammy Sosa 2002-08-10 CHC COL W 15-1 4 4 3 3 0 0 3
32 Sammy Sosa 1998-06-15 CHC MIL W 6-5 4 4 3 3 0 0 3
33 Sammy Sosa 2001-08-09 CHC COL L 5-14 4 4 3 3 0 0 3
34 Sammy Sosa 2001-09-23 CHC HOU L 6-7 4 4 3 3 0 0 3
35 Sammy Sosa 1996-06-05 CHC PHI W 9-6 4 4 3 3 0 0 3
36 Sammy Sosa 2001-08-22 CHC MIL W 16-3 5 4 3 3 0 0 3
37 Lee Walls 1958-04-24 CHC LAD W 15-2 6 6 3 3 0 0 3
38 Billy Williams 1968-09-10 CHC NYM W 8-1 4 4 3 3 0 0 3
39 Hack Wilson 1930-07-26 CHC PHI W 16-2 6 5 4 3 0 0 3
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Generated 6/28/2016.

As you can see, it's happened just 39 times in Cubs history (since 1913, and given the very small number of home runs hit prior to that, it's not likely we're missing many, or any). The first one was Hack Wilson's in 1930.

Six Cubs have done this more than once:

Sammy Sosa, 6
Ernie Banks, 5
Aramis Ramirez, 3
Dave Kingman, 3
Alfonso Soriano, 2
Hank Sauer, 2

The six three-run homer games by Sosa is the major-league record, tied with Johnny Mize, a New York Giant who did it in the 1930s and 1940s.

Sauer, nearly forgotten today, was a popular Cub for seven seasons in the 1950s who was named National League MVP in 1952; he led the league in homers and RBI that year and it was the Cubs' only non-losing season between 1946 and 1963. Sauer's 198 homers as a Cub still rank ninth on the all-time team list.

There are some odd names on that list, such as Dioner Navarro (the last Cub to do it before Bryant), Tuffy Rhodes (who did it on Opening Day 1994, then hit only five more the rest of that season, and the Cubs lost the game 12-8 despite the three homers), Clyde McCullough (who had only two other home runs the year he did it, 1942), and George Mitterwald, who by legend was supposedly told he wasn't going to play that day, went out on a bender, came into the ballpark finding out he was needed to play, and had his three-homer game nursing a hangover. I was at that game, April 17, 1974, a warm, very windy day where the Cubs won 18-9. Mitterwald hit only four more homers the rest of the 1974 season.

The Cubs' record is 28-11 when a player hits three homers in a game -- somehow, you might think it'd be better.

Such is baseball history.

There's also this team record that Bryant set Monday night:

It was Bryant's first three-homer game. It almost certainly won't be his last.