MLB Record: Seven Hits in a Game

Wilbert Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945.

Wilbert Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945.

Only three players in the history of major league baseball share a record that could be equaled on any day of the season, but obviously getting seven hits in a game is a difficult achievement.

National Baseball Hall of Fame member Wilbert Robinson was the first to do it. He was followed by Cesar Gutierrez in 1970 and Rennie Stennett five years later.

In 1892, Robinson was the first player to have seven hits in seven trips to the plate in a nine-inning game for the Baltimore Orioles in the National League. On June 10, Robinson also knocked in 11 runs as Baltimore beat the St. Louis Browns 25-7.

Robinson played for 17 years and he became a manager during his final season in 1902 with Baltimore. From 1904-1931, Robinson managed Brooklyn as he led the squad to the National League pennant in 1916 and 1920. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1945.

cesar gutierrez 1970Gutierrez was the first player in the modern era to reach seven hits, but his feat occurred in a 12-inning affair on June 21, 1970. He is the only player to do it in the American League.

A career .235 hitter, Gutierrez was primarily a shortstop in his four seasons in the big leagues. He was with San Francisco in 1967 and 1969 before he was sent to Detroit in his second year. In 1970, he started for the Tigers and batted .243. A year later he was released by the Tigers.

Detroit was in Cleveland for a doubleheader and in the second game, Gutierrez had six singles and a double to help the Tigers to a 9-8 win over the Indians.

In the eighth inning, Gutierrez had a RBI single to tie the contest at 8-8 to set the stage for extra frames. Mickey Stanley hit a solo homer in the 12th to provide the winning run for the Tigers. Gutierrez singled in his final at bat after Stanley’s long ball.

1975 rennie stennentStennent was the last player to record seven hits in a game as the Pittsburgh Pirates blasted the Chicago Cubs 22-0 at Wrigley Field on Sept. 16, 1975.

Things got wild early as Stennent had a double and a single in the first inning as the Pirates score nine times.

After a single in the third, the second baseman doubled and singled in the fifth with the Pirates adding six runs to lead 18-0.

In the seventh, Stennent picked up his fourth single of the contest. He finished the game with a triple in the ninth. He scored five times and knocked in two runs.

Stennent played for the Pirates from 1971 to 1979 and was a member of the World Series champs in his last season in Pittsburgh. A .274 lifetime hitter, he finished his career in San Francisco in 1980-81.

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