Seerey hits 4 HRs!
JULY 18, 1948
A guy named Pat Seerey hit four home runs in one game on this date in 1948. Pat who? Well, he was a 5ft 10in, 200 pound outfielder for, mostly, the Cleveland Indians, though he spent most of 1948 with the Chicago White Sox. That’s who he was playing for when he hit the four home runs, just the 5th man to ever do that at the time, though the game went eleven innings.
Pat was born in
Oklahoma on St. Patrick’s Day 1896. He only played five full seasons in the major leagues. The year he hit four home runs in one game he only hit 19 for the entire year.
How fickle baseball is. Pat Seerey played his last major league game May 7, 1949 at the age of 26, less than a year after he hit the four home runs in one game. Of course it could have been Seerey’s tendency to whiff that kept him from a long major league career. He led the league in strikeouts two of the five full seasons he played, and he wasn’t even an everyday player.
Bill Grimes, Publisher