June 8, 1961
Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock and Frank Thomas hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers for the Milwaukee Braves in the sixth inning of a game against the Reds. It’s the first time in major league history that the feat has been pulled off, but the Braves go on to lose the game 10-8 anyway.
The Reds were up 10-2 at the start of the barrage. Frank Bolling led off the top of the seventh with a single of Jim Maloney before Mathews kicked it off. Maloney was pulled after Aaron’s homer made it 10-5. Marshall Bridges came in and gave up two more homers before Joe Torre grounded out to end the streak.
The Braves went on to score one more run in the eighth on another Mathews homer, but they couldn’t keep it going from there.
Since the Braves did it, six other teams have hit four consecutive homers in games. It happened two more times in the early-60s with the Indians in 1963 and the Twins in 1964, then never again for 40 years.
Next to do it were the Dodgers in 2006, pulling off a famous comeback against the Padres’ Trevor Hoffman in the ninth before winning in the 10th. The Red Sox did it just a few months later in April 2007 against the Yankees’ Chase Wright. J.D. Drew, who left the Dodgers to join Boston the previous winter, actually homered in both of those streaks.
Since then, both the 2008 White Sox and 2010 Diamondbacks have done it.
The 1961 Braves went on to finish the season 83-71, giving them the fourth-best record in the NL. They were first with 188 homers. Adcock actually led the team with 35, one more than Aaron and three more than Mathews. Thomas finished with 25.
Former Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
It’s the fourth move the corner infielder has made in the last two seasons after seeing short-term stints with the Marlins, Giants and Tigers. He signed a minor league deal with the Tigers prior to the 2016 season, providing the club with some infield depth behind 24-year-old Nick Castellanos. When Castellanos hit the disabled list in August with a broken hand, McGehee was recalled from Triple-A Toledo for a 30-game stint and slashed .228/.260/.239 with one extra-base hit in 96 PA. His career batting line (.258/.317/.384 over eight seasons) isn’t too shabby, but his age and a long history of knee injuries puts a damper on his potential.
McGehee last appeared in the NPB circuit in 2013, when he signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. He spent the bulk of his season at the hot corner, batting an impressive .292/.396/.515 with 28 homers in 590 PA and appearing in the Eagles’ first and only championship run to date.
The deal comes with a club option for 2018, Rosenthal reports, though no figure has been specified.
Free agent left-hander Rich Hill is rumored to be entertaining a three-year, $40+ million offer from the Dodgers, reports Peter Gammons. The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo corroborated the report, adding that Hill could receive somewhere between $46 and $48 million from his former team.
Hill, 36, pitched to a 2.12 ERA and 3.91 FIP in back-to-back stints with the Athletics and Dodgers in 2016. While a chronic case of blisters on his pitching hand limited the frequency of his starts, he still figures to be one of the most productive and noteworthy starting pitchers on the market this winter.
The Orioles, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers and Astros have all been mentioned as potential suitors for the left-hander’s services, though Orioles’ GM Dan Duquette said the club has yet to make a play for Hill and ESPN’s Jim Bowden pointed out that the Red Sox are less involved in trade talks than other interested parties.