Seven crazy facts to put Addison Russell's historic Game 6 grand slam in perspective
With their backs against the wall, the Cubs needed a quick start to World Series Game 6 on Tuesday night in Cleveland. Luckily, Addison Russell was on the case: After a two-run double in the first (with an assist from some defensive shenanigans), the Chicago shortstop broke the game open in the third, launching a grand slam to left-center to give his team a 7-0 lead.
As you might imagine, a 22-year-old hitting a grand slam in the World Series doesn't happen every day. But just how historic was Russell's blast? Incredibly historic, as it turns out -- and if you don't believe us, we've got seven wild facts to prove it.
1. Russell is just the 19th player to hit a grand slam in a World Series game. To find the last to do it, we have to go all the way back to that other Chicago team trying to snap a long title drought: the 2005 White Sox, which won Game 2 of its series against the Astros thanks in large part to Paul Konerko's go-ahead, seventh-inning grand slam.
2. Russell's slam is the only one in Cubs postseason history. And before you can reach that 1908 punchline, consider: Chicago had played 106 postseason games entering play on Tuesday.
3. Russell is young at just 22 years old -- but he's still not the youngest player to hit a World Series grand slam. That honor goes to 21-year-old Mickey Mantle, who took Dodgers reliever Russ Meyer deep in Game 5 of the 1953 Fall Classic:
4. Combined with his double in the first, Russell has driven in six runs on the night and eight in the series -- the latter total standing as the third most of any player under the age of 23 in World Series history. As you might imagine, the two guys ahead of him were pretty alright:
Most #WorldSeries RBI before turning 23:- MLB Statistics (@MLBRandomStats) November 2, 2016
10 Mickey Mantle
9 Ty Cobb
8 Addison Russell
8 Jimmie Foxx
7 Joe DiMaggio
5. This isn't even the first milestone slam Russell's hit this season. He also launched one in a win over the White Sox back in July:
Which happened to make him the youngest Cub to hit a grand slam in more than 50 years:
Addison Russell, 22, is youngest #Cubs player to hit grand slam since 1962- Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 28, 2016
6. There was so much history made, we had to cheat a little bit and roll a few fun facts into one. Here we go: Russell not only tied the record for most RBIs in a World Series game, but he's the first to drive in six through the first three innings, and set the record for the most RBIs by a player whose team is facing elimination.
7. Oh, and he's also the only shortstop to hit a World Series slam. As if all that other stuff weren't enough.
All that record-breaking helped the Cubs run away with Game 6, 9-3. Which can only mean one thing: It's time for a win-or-take-all, must-see Game 7 on Wednesday night, 7 p.m. ET air time I 8 ET game time on FOX.