Wednesday, July 18, 2012
On this day in 1948, Pat Seerey hit four home runs against the Philadelphia Athletics at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.
It was the first game of a doubleheader between the Athletics and the White Sox in Philadelphia. Seerey struck out in his first at-bat, but unleashed four home runs, including the game winner in the eleventh inning. Pat homered off of Carl Sheib in the fourth and fifth innings. He homered off of Bob Savage in the sixth inning. Seerey then fouled out and walked before homering against Lou Brissie, giving the Athletics pitcher his seventh loss of the season. Pat's four home runs gave him eleven for the season. Seerey became only the fifth player in MLB history to accomplish this feat. Pat had a decent outing in the second game of the doubleheader. He walked and scored the only run for the White Sox.
Seerey has the second lowest career home runs of the sixteen players to have hit four home runs in a game. He has eighty-six career home runs. The lowest belonged to Bobby Lowe, the first player to accomplish this feat, who hit his four homers in a game on May 30, 1894. Pat had only been with the White Sox for a month and a half when he hit the homers. He was traded to the Sox with Al Gettel from the Cleveland Indians for Bob Kennedy. Ted Williams put Seerey in his companies 1994 card set because he had never seen anyone else hit four home runs in a game before.