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MAY 3 (1951) - RBI*
By Bill Grimes
May 3, 2007 - 9:36 AM

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Now that’s production!

 

ST. LOUIS , MISSOURI , MAY 3, 1951 Six RBI in a week is pretty good. Six in a day is a headline grabber. How about six RBI in an inning! That’s what New York Yankees’ rookie Gil McDougal did on this day in baseball. McDougal hit a two-run Triple to kick off a 9th inning rally against the  Browns at Sportsmen’s Park in St. Louis. He came around to bat again. This time he hit a grand slam. The Yankees ended up scoring 11 times that inning on their way to a 17-3 shellacking of the Browns.

The Runs Batted In statistic is a valuable measure of a players’ offensive production, but is dependent on situations. You need runners on base or hit a lot of home runs to get RBI. It depends where you are in the batting order and how productive the hitters ahead of you are.

Bob Johnson, Joe Astroth, Tom McBride, Bob Lemon, Sam Mele, Carlos Quintana, Matt Stairs, Matt Williams and Fernando Tatis have also had 6-RBI innings.

Here are the RBI leaders in various other categories:

Season:
Hack Wilson , Cubs (1930)                        191
Lou Gehrig , Yankees (1931)                    184
Hank Greenberg , Tigers (1937)               183

Career:
Henry Aaron , Braves, Brewers                2,297
Babe Ruth , Yankees, Red Sox                  2,213
Cap Anson , Cubs (White Stockings)          2,076
Lou Gehrig , Yankees                               1,995
Stan Musial , Cardinals                              1,951

Game:
Jim Bottomly , Cardinals, Sept 24, 1924    12
Mark Whiten , Cardinals, Sept 7, 1993      12
Tony Lazzeri , Yankees, May 24, 1936      11

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