As if Willie Mays needed anything other accomplishment to cement his place as one of the greatest players the game has ever seen, on April 30, 1961 he poured it on when he hit four home runs in one game, the Milwaukee Braves being the victim of his latest offensive onslaught:
Mays was pretty much in his prime in the early 60’s, and this game was a clear sign of his dominance against National League pitchers, as he became the seventh player to accomplish the feat in the 14-4 Giants win.
All he did that day was go 4-5 with the four home runs and eight runs batted in. Not a bad day’s worth, especially when you take into account that he wasn’t even going to play that day because of his jaunt the night before with Willie McCovey to eat ribs!
The man was a baseball machine!