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Players with 4 home runs in a game

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During the 2017 season, Scooter Gennett and J.D. Martinez went deep four times in a game, becoming just the 17th and 18th players in Major League Baseball history to accomplish the feat.  

During the 2017 season, Scooter Gennett and J.D. Martinez went deep four times in a game, becoming just the 17th and 18th players in Major League Baseball history to accomplish the feat.  

:: RARE FEATS ::

To put into perspective how rare it is for a hitter to homer four times in a game, it happened just once each in the decades of the 1960s, '70s, 80s and '90s.

And after Ed Delahanty became the second big leaguer to accomplish the feat on July 13, 1896, no one did it again until Lou Gehrig nearly 36 years later on June 3, 1932.

"[In my last] at-bat, I came up and I was like, 'Just go up here and try to have a good at-bat," Martinez said. "'Just keep doing what you've been doing all day.'

"'You know what, if it's meant to be, it's meant to be. It's going to happen. There's no point in trying to force it. Just go up there and have a good at-bat.'"

Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Alex Rodriguez -- the Big 4 on MLB's career homer list -- never hit four in a game. Here are the 18 who did:

• J.D. Martinez, D-backs, Sept. 4, 2017

Video: Must C Classic: Martinez hits four homers, plates six
• Scooter Gennett, Reds, June 6, 2017

Video: STL@CIN: Gennett goes deep four times vs. Cardinals
• Josh Hamilton, Rangers, May 8, 2012

Video: TEX@BAL: Hamilton jacks four homers vs. Orioles
• Carlos Delgado, Blue Jays, Sept. 25, 2003

Video: TB@TOR: Delgado hits four homers in one game
• Shawn Green, Dodgers, May 23, 2002

Video: LAD@MIL: Green has monster day at the plate
• Mike Cameron, Mariners, May 2, 2002

Video: SEA@CWS: Cameron hits four home runs in one game
• Mark Whiten, Cardinals, Sept. 7, 1993

Video: STL@CIN: Whiten hits four home runs in one game
• Bob Horner, Braves, July 6, 1986

Video: MON@ATL: Bob Horner hits his fourth home run of game
• Mike Schmidt, Phillies, April 17, 1976

Video: PHI@CHC: Schmidt hits his fourth homer of the game
• Willie Mays, Giants, April 30, 1961

Video: SF@MIL: Mays hits his fourth home run of game
• Rocky Colavito, Indians, June 10, 1959
• Joe Adcock, Braves, July 31, 1954
• Gil Hodges, Dodgers, Aug. 31, 1950
• Pat Seerey, White Sox, July 18, 1948
• Chuck Klein, Phillies, July 10, 1936
• Lou Gehrig, Yankees, June 3, 1932
• Ed Delahanty, Phillies, July 13, 1896
• Bobby Lowe, Beaneaters, May 30, 1894

Ed Eagle is an editorial producer for MLB.com.