In the history of Major League Baseball, only eight players have homered in at least seven straight games, the most recent of whom is Joey Votto. How difficult is it to go deep in seven straight? There have been many more 30-game hitting streaks, four-strikeout innings and six-hit games. There have been more than three times as many perfect games.
As impressive as it is to homer in seven straight games, it's still one shy of the record. Here's a breakdown of those remarkable streaks:
8 STRAIGHT GAMES
Ken Griffey, Jr., Mariners, July 20-28, 1993
Griffey began his streak with a solo shot at Yankee Stadium on July 20 in a game in which Don Mattingly -- who tied the MLB record with homers in eight straight games six years earlier -- also went deep. Junior homered again the next day vs. the Bronx Bombers, and then each day during a four-game series in Cleveland before heading home to Seattle with a six-game streak under his belt.
After making it seven straight with a third-inning grand slam vs. the Twins, Griffey tied the MLB mark with a solo homer in the seventh inning the next day. Griffey's quest to become the first player to homer in nine straight ended July 29, when he went 2-for-4, including a double off the wall in center field in the third.
"It was a lot of fun. I'm not disappointed," Griffey told reporters at the time. "It was long, but I'm happy for what I did, what I achieved."
Don Mattingly, Yankees, July 8-18, 1987
Mattingly started his march towards history with a two-homer game at home vs. the Twins on July 8. He added another two-homer game on July 16 on the road vs. Texas to extend his streak to six games.
As was the case 31 years earlier with original record setter Dale Long, Mattingly's streak had become national news by the time he set the American League record with his seventh straight game with a homer on July 17 vs. Texas. Donnie Baseball tied Long the next day with a solo shot in the fourth off the Rangers' Jose Guzman before being held in the park on July 19 despite a 2-for-4 night at the plate in Texas.
"For me, I looked at it really as more of a hot streak than anything else," Mattingly said of his steak. "You just tried to ride that wave as long as you can. It's not necessarily the home runs. It's usually you're swinging the bat good in that stretch."
Dale Long, Pirates, May 19-28, 1956
When Long's streak began with a four-RBI day at Forbes Field on May 19, he was an obscure 30-year-old first baseman for a Pirates team that had finished last in the National League for four straight seasons. By the time it ended, he had captured the imagination of baseball fans across the country and was doing national television appearances.
Long became the first player to go deep in seven straight when he took the Phillies' Ben Flowers deep in the eighth inning -- his final at-bat. He added to the record two days later in Brooklyn with a solo shot vs. Carl Erskine before going 0-for-4 with a strikeout the next day vs. Don Newcombe.
"Someday somebody will break it, and they'll forget me," Long told the Chicago Tribune in 1986. "It's there to be broken. They break 'em all the time."
7 STRAIGHT GAMES
Joey Votto, Reds, July 24-30, 2021
Votto set a Cincinnati record by homering in six consecutive games, and then added to it for the longest streak in MLB in three years. During the streak, the veteran Reds first baseman is hitting .385 (10-for-26), with nine of his 10 hits in that span being a home run. Most of the damage he inflicted came against the Cubs -- in a four-game series against Chicago at Wrigley Field from July 26-29, Votto smashed six homers while hitting .467 (7-for-15) and driving in 10 runs.
Votto's seventh consecutive game with a homer was against the Mets at Citi Field on July 30, when he launched a solo shot over the center-field wall in the sixth inning off right-hander Drew Smith. That continued a red-hot July for the Reds slugger, who entered the month batting .247 and went into its final day batting .279.
Kendrys Morales, Blue Jays, Aug. 19-26, 2018
Morales broke a tie with Matt Carpenter for the most consecutive games with a homer in 2018 -- and established a new Blue Jays mark -- with his two-run blast off Vince Velasquez in the third inning on Aug. 26.
Kevin Mench, Rangers, April 21-28, 2006
Perhaps the most unlikely member of this club with just 89 career homers, Mench started his streak with a monster night, going 3-for-5 with five RBIs vs. the Devil Rays, including a grand slam in the first inning. This was the start of a trend for Mench, who knocked in multiple runs in each of the first six games of his streak.
After drilling another grand slam on April 26 vs. the A's in Game 6 of the streak, Mench became the first right-handed hitter to go deep in seven straight two days later in Cleveland. He came up just short of the record by going 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two punchouts vs. the Indians on April 29.
Barry Bonds, Giants, April 12-20, 2004
Bonds, who had two six-game homer steaks during his record-breaking 2001 campaign, went one better three years later. His '04 streak began just seven games into the season with a three-run homer vs. the Brewers, and it included a game in which he walked as a pinch-hitter but did not receive an official at-bat, thus continuing the streak.
Bonds went deep twice off the Dodgers' Jeff Weaver on April 18 to make it five straight, then homered in back-to-back games vs. the Padres. His run at history ended on April 24, when Bonds walked twice and struck out in three plate appearances vs. Jake Peavy.
Jim Thome, Indians, June 25-July 3, 2002
Thome began his streak at Fenway Park with a three-run shot in the first inning, and he took Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez deep with a solo shot the next day in Boston before returning home to go long in three straight vs. the defending World Series champion D-backs, including a solo bomb against Curt Schilling.
With a five-game homer streak under his belt, Thome headed to the Big Apple with a chance to match the record during a three-game set at Yankee Stadium. After connecting off Roger Clemens in the first inning of the opener and taking David Wells deep in the seventh inning of the middle game to run his streak to seven straight, Thome was held hitless in three at-bats vs. Mike Mussina before flying out to center in the seventh inning vs. Mike Stanton in his final at-bat.
6 STRAIGHT GAMES
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• Mark McGwire, Cardinals, Sept. 27, 1997-April 4, 1998
•** Graig Nettles, Padres, Aug. 11-22, 1984
• Reggie Jackson, Orioles, July 18-23, 1976
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• Willie Mays, Giants, Aug. 16-22, 1965
•** Roger Maris, Yankees, Aug. 11-16, 1961
• Roy Sievers, Senators, July 29-Aug. 3, 1957
**• Willie Mays, Giants, Sept. 14-20, 1955
• Walker Cooper, Giants, June 22-28, 1947
•** Lou Gehrig, Yankees, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 1931
• George Kelly, Giants, July 11-16, 1924
**• Ken Williams, Browns, July 28-Aug. 2, 1922